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
A pygmy is a member of an ethnic group whose average height is unusually short; many anthropologists define pygmy as a member of any group where adult men are on average less than 150 cm tall. Other anthropologists do not agree with grouping peoples based on stature, as height is not an accurate reflection of culture. A member of a slightly taller group is frequently termed "pygmoid". The term is most associated with peoples of Central Africa, such as the Aka, Efé and Mbuti. If the term pygmy is defined as a group's men having an average height below 1.55 meters, then there are also pygmies in Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Andaman Islands, Indonesia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Bolivia, and Brazil, including some Negritos of Southeast Asia.
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