pygmy

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noun pyg·my \ˈpig-mē\
variants: or less commonly

Definition of pygmy

plural

pygmies

also

pigmies

  1. 1 often capitalized :  any of a race of dwarfs described by ancient Greek authors

  2. 2 capitalized :  any of a small people of equatorial Africa ranging under five feet (1.5 meters) in height

  3. 3a (1) :  an unusually small person (2) :  an insignificant or unimpressive person an intellectual pygmyb :  something very small of its kind

pygmy

adjective

Examples of pygmy in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of pygmy

Middle English pigmei, from Latin pygmaeus of a pygmy, dwarfish, from Greek pygmaios, from pygmē fist, measure of length — more at pungent


PYGMY Defined for English Language Learners

pygmy

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Definition of pygmy for English Language Learners

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

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


PYGMY Defined for Kids

pygmy

adjective pyg·my \ˈpig-mē\

Definition of pygmy for Students

  1. :  smaller than the usual size a pygmy goat


Medical Dictionary

pygmy

noun pyg·my
variants: also

pigmy

\ˈpig-mē\play

Medical Definition of pygmy

plural

pygmies

also

pigmies

  1. 1 capitalized :  any of a small people of equatorial Africa ranging under five feet (1.5 meters) in height

  2. 2:  a relatively short or small individual :  dwarf

pygmy

adjective


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