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Pigmy

[pig-mee] /ˈpɪg mi/
noun, plural Pigmies, adjective
1.
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British Dictionary definitions for Pigmy

Pigmy

/ˈpɪɡmɪ/
noun (pl) -mies
1.
a variant spelling of Pygmy

pygmy

/ˈpɪɡmɪ/
noun (pl) -mies
1.
an abnormally undersized person
2.
something that is a very small example of its type
3.
a person of little importance or significance
4.
(modifier) of very small stature or size
Derived Forms
pygmaean, pygmean (pɪɡˈmiːən) adjective
Word Origin
C14 pigmeis the Pygmies, from Latin Pygmaeus a Pygmy, from Greek pugmaios undersized, from pugmē fist

Pygmy

/ˈpɪɡmɪ/
noun (pl) -mies
1.
a member of one of the dwarf peoples of Equatorial Africa, noted for their hunting and forest culture
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Word Origin and History for Pigmy
pigmy
late 14c., Pigmei, "member of a fabulous race of dwarfs," described by Homer and Herodotus and said to inhabit Egypt and India, from L. Pygmaeus, from Gk. Pygmaios, from an adj. meaning "dwarfish," lit. "of the length of a pygme" -- forearm and fist, measure of distance from the elbow to the knuckles, related to pyx "with clenched fist" and to L. pugnus "fist." Applied 19c. to the central African people now known by that name.
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