- an atom; mote.
- a small creature; pygmy.
Origin of atomy1
1585–95; singular use of Latin atomī, plural of atomus atom
- a skeleton.
Origin of atomy2
1590–1600; variant of anatomy (taken as an atomy)
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Bring a good glass into the service, and you see a whole cloud of these atomies.The Sea
The surgeons are atomies and pettifoggers, who kill more than they cure.
- an atom or minute particle
- a minute creature
C16: from Latin atomī atoms, but used as if singular; see atom
- an obsolete word for skeleton
C16: from mistaken division of anatomy (as if an atomy)
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Word Origin and History for atomies
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