- 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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Examples from the Web for atomy
Make love, indeed—the atomy—the shrimp—the dried up stock-fish.Snarley-yow
Make love indeed--the atomy--the shrimp--the dried-up stock-fish.Snarleyyow
Captain Frederick Marryat
She was almost aghast to realise how very small, how very pale, how atomy he looked—to confront a howling world!Love and Lucy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
"Spose I am an 'atomy," said the old woman, apparently rather pleased with the epithet than otherwise.Shoulder-Straps
I sometimes think scorn of us as a nation that we so gladly and peaceably put our necks beneath the sceptre of such an atomy.The Lost Treasure of Trevlyn
- 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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