Pigmy

Pigmy

[pig-mee]
noun, plural Pigmies, adjective
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Pigmy (ˈpɪɡmɪ)
 
n , pl -mies
a variant spelling of Pygmy

pygmy or pigmy (ˈpɪɡmɪ)
 
n , 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
 
[C14 pigmeis the Pygmies, from Latin Pygmaeus a Pygmy, from Greek pugmaios undersized, from pugmē fist]
 
pigmy or pigmy
 
n
 
[C14 pigmeis the Pygmies, from Latin Pygmaeus a Pygmy, from Greek pugmaios undersized, from pugmē fist]
 
pygmaean or pigmy
 
adj
 
pygmean or pigmy
 
adj

Pygmy or Pigmy (ˈpɪɡmɪ)
 
n , pl -mies
a member of one of the dwarf peoples of Equatorial Africa, noted for their hunting and forest culture
 
Pigmy or Pigmy
 
n

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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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