atomy

atomy

1 [at-uh-mee]
noun, plural atomies.
1.
an atom; mote.
2.
a small creature; pygmy.

Origin:
1585–95; singular use of Latin atomī, plural of atomus atom

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atomy

2 [at-uh-mee]
noun, plural atomies.

Origin:
1590–1600; variant of anatomy (taken as an atomy)

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atomy1 (ˈætəmɪ)
 
n , pl -mies
1.  an atom or minute particle
2.  a minute creature
 
[C16: from Latin atomī atoms, but used as if singular; see atom]

atomy2 (ˈætəmɪ)
 
n , pl -mies
an obsolete word for skeleton
 
[C16: from mistaken division of anatomy (as if an atomy)]

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