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atomy1

[at-uh-mee] /ˈæt ə mi/
noun, plural atomies.
1.
an atom; mote.
2.
a small creature; pygmy.
Origin of atomy1
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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Examples from the Web for atomy
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  • "Spose I am an 'atomy," said the old woman, apparently rather pleased with the epithet than otherwise.

    Shoulder-Straps Henry Morford
  • Make love, indeed—the atomy—the shrimp—the dried up stock-fish.

    Snarley-yow Frederick Marryat
  • Make love indeed--the atomy--the shrimp--the dried-up stock-fish.

    Snarleyyow Captain Frederick Marryat
  • She was almost aghast to realise how very small, how very pale, how atomy he looked—to confront a howling world!

    Love and Lucy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • I sometimes think scorn of us as a nation that we so gladly and peaceably put our necks beneath the sceptre of such an atomy.

    The Lost Treasure of Trevlyn Evelyn Everett-Green
  • Out of the pearl seemed to issue a spell that stole upon her spirits gently as an atomy settles through the still air.

    The Fair God Lew Wallace
British Dictionary definitions for atomy

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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