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atomy1

[at-uh-mee]
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noun, plural at·o·mies.
  1. an atom; mote.
  2. a small creature; pygmy.
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Origin of atomy1

1585–95; singular use of Latin atomī, plural of atomus atom

atomy2

[at-uh-mee]
noun, plural at·o·mies.
  1. a skeleton.
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Origin of atomy2

1590–1600; variant of anatomy (taken as an atomy)
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Historical Examples

  • Bring a good glass into the service, and you see a whole cloud of these atomies.

    The Sea

    Jules Michelet

  • The surgeons are atomies and pettifoggers, who kill more than they cure.


British Dictionary definitions for atomies

atomy1

noun plural -mies archaic
  1. an atom or minute particle
  2. a minute creature
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin atomī atoms, but used as if singular; see atom

atomy2

noun plural -mies
  1. an obsolete word for skeleton
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Word Origin

C16: from mistaken division of anatomy (as if an atomy)
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Word Origin and History for atomies

n.

1590s, "atoms," also "diminutive beings," from atomy, from Latin atomi, plural of atomus (see atom), but taken as a singular in English and re-pluralized in the native way. Perhaps also in some cases a plural of atomy (from misdivision of anatomy).

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