Pigmy


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Pig·my

or pig·my  (pĭg′mē)
n. & adj.
Variants of Pygmy.

Pigmy

(ˈpɪɡmɪ)
n, pl -mies
(Peoples) a variant spelling of Pygmy

Pyg•my

or Pigmy

(ˈpɪg mi)

n., pl. -mies,
adj. n.
1.
a. a member of any of several small-statured peoples of Africa, esp. the forested regions of central Africa.
b. a Negrito of SE Asia, or of the Andaman or Philippine islands.
2. (l.c.) a small or dwarfish person.
3. (l.c.) anything very small of its kind.
4. (l.c.) a person of small importance or lacking in some important quality, attribute, etc.
adj.
5. (sometimes l.c.) of or pertaining to the Pygmies.
6. (l.c.) of very small size, capacity, power, etc.
[1350–1400; Middle English pigmēis, pl. of pigmē < Latin Pygmaeus < Greek pygmaîos dwarfish, a member of a legendary race of dwarflike people =pygm(ḗ) distance from elbow to knuckles + -aios adj. suffix]
pyg′moid, adj.
pyg′my•ism, n.
syn: See dwarf.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pigmy - an unusually small individualpigmy - an unusually small individual  
small person - a person of below average size
2.Pigmy - any member of various peoples having an average height of less than five feet
small person - a person of below average size

pygmy

also pigmy
adjective
Translations
pygmÿi
pigmejs
Pygmej

pygmy,

pigmy

(ˈpigmi) plural ˈpygmies ~ˈpigmies noun
a member of an African race of very small people.
References in classic literature ?
He and the mender of roads sat on the heap of stones looking silently at one another, with the hail driving in between them like a pigmy charge of bayonets, until the sky began to clear over the village.
His strong loose hands clench themselves, in his earnestness; and he emphasizes what he says with a right arm that shows, in my pigmy view, like a sledge-hammer.
If it were an Indian we could set it down as evidence of some pigmy race in America, but it appears to be a European in a sun-hat.