Definitions for pygmyˈpɪg mi
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
Pyg•my*ˈpɪg mi(n.; adj.)(pl.)-mies
(n.)a member of any of several small-statured peoples of Africa, esp. the forested regions of central Africa. a Negrito of SE Asia, or of the Andaman or Philippine islands.
Category: Physical Anthropology, Peoples
(l.c.) a small or dwarfish person.
(l.c.) anything very small of its kind.
(l.c.) a person of small importance or lacking in some important quality, attribute, etc.
(adj.)(sometimes l.c.) of or pertaining to the Pygmies.
(l.c.) of very small size, capacity, power, etc.
* Syn: See dwarf.
Origin of Pygmy:
1350–1400; ME pigmēis, pl. of pigmē < L Pygmaeus < Gk pygmaîos dwarfish, a member of a legendary race of dwarflike people =pygm(ḗ) distance from elbow to knuckles +-aios adj. suffix
an unusually small individual
any member of various peoples having an average height of less than five feet
(often capitalized, usually in the plural: Pygmies) A member of one of various Ancient Equatorial African tribal peoples, notable for their very short stature
A member of a race of dwarfs
Any dwarfish person
An insignificant person, at least in some respect
Relating or belonging to the Pygmy people
Like a pygmy; unusually short or small for its kind
Soil exhaustion ultimately produces a pygmy crop at best
Origin: From Πυγμαῖος
alt. of Pygmean
one of a fabulous race of dwarfs who waged war with the cranes, and were destroyed
hence, a short, insignificant person; a dwarf
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