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pygmy

pygmy

noun pyg·my \ˈpig-mē\

Pygmy : a member of a group of very small people who live in Africa

: a person who is regarded as very weak, stupid, etc.

plural pygmies also pigmies

Full Definition of PYGMY

1
often capitalized :  any of a race of dwarfs described by ancient Greek authors
2
capitalized :  any of a small people of equatorial Africa ranging under five feet (1.5 meters) in height
3
a (1) :  an unusually small person (2) :  an insignificant or unimpressive person <an intellectual pygmy>
b :  something very small of its kind
pygmy adjective

Variants of PYGMY

pyg·my also pig·my \ˈpig-mē\

Examples of PYGMY

  1. <hummingbirds may be the pygmies of the avian world, but what they lack in size they make up for in beauty>
  2. <regrettably, most of the candidates for the party's nomination that year were political pygmies>

Origin of PYGMY

Middle English pigmei, from Latin pygmaeus of a pygmy, dwarfish, from Greek pygmaios, from pygmē fist, measure of length — more at pungent
First Known Use: 14th century

pygmy

noun pyg·my   (Medical Dictionary)
plural pygmies also pigmies

Medical Definition of PYGMY

1
capitalized :  any of a small people of equatorial Africa ranging under five feet (1.5 meters) in height
2
:  a relatively short or small individual :  dwarf
pygmy adjective

Variants of PYGMY

pyg·my also pig·my \ˈpig-mē\

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