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atomy1

[at-uh-mee] /ˈæt ə mi/
noun, plural atomies.
1.
an atom; mote.
2.
a small creature; pygmy.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; singular use of Latin atomī, plural of atomus atom

atomy2

[at-uh-mee] /ˈæt ə mi/
noun, plural atomies.
1.
a skeleton.
Origin
1590-1600; variant of anatomy (taken as an atomy)
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British Dictionary definitions for atomies

atomy1

/ˈætəmɪ/
noun (archaic) (pl) -mies
1.
an atom or minute particle
2.
a minute creature
Word Origin
C16: from Latin atomī atoms, but used as if singular; see atom

atomy2

/ˈætəmɪ/
noun (pl) -mies
1.
an obsolete word for skeleton
Word Origin
C16: from mistaken division of anatomy (as if an atomy)
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Word Origin and History for atomies
n.

1590s, "atoms," also "diminutive beings," from atomy, from Latin atomi, plural of atomus (see atom), but taken as a singular in English and re-pluralized in the native way. Perhaps also in some cases a plural of atomy (from misdivision of anatomy).

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