Pigmy

[ pig-mee ]
/ ˈpɪg mi /

noun, plural Pig·mies, adjective


Pygmy

or Pig·my

[ pig-mee ]
/ ˈpɪg mi /

noun, plural Pyg·mies.

adjective

(often lowercase) of or relating to the Pygmies.
(lowercase) of very small size, capacity, power, etc.

Origin of Pygmy

1350–1400; Middle English pigmēis, plural of pigmē < Latin Pygmaeus < Greek pygmaîos dwarfish (adj.), Pygmy (noun), equivalent to pygm(ḗ) distance from elbow to knuckles + -aios adj. suffix

Related formspyg·moid, adjectivepyg·my·ish, adjectivepyg·my·ism, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for pigmy

Pigmy

/ (ˈpɪɡmɪ) /

noun plural -mies

a variant spelling of Pygmy

pygmy

pigmy

/ (ˈpɪɡmɪ) /

noun plural -mies

an abnormally undersized person
something that is a very small example of its type
a person of little importance or significance
(modifier) of very small stature or size
Derived Formspygmaean or pygmean (pɪɡˈmiːən), adjective

Word Origin for pygmy

C14 pigmeis the Pygmies, from Latin Pygmaeus a Pygmy, from Greek pugmaios undersized, from pugmē fist

Pygmy

Pigmy

/ (ˈpɪɡmɪ) /

noun plural -mies

a member of one of the dwarf peoples of Equatorial Africa, noted for their hunting and forest culture
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Word Origin and History for pigmy
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Medicine definitions for pigmy

pygmy

[ pĭgmē ]

n.

An individual of unusually small size.
Pygmy A member of any of various peoples, especially found in equatorial Africa and parts of southeast Asia, having an average height less than 5 feet.

adj.

Unusually or atypically small.

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Culture definitions for pigmy

Pygmy

A member of any ethnic group in which the average height of the adult male is less than four feet, eleven inches. There are Pygmy tribes in dense rain-forest areas of central Africa, southern India, Malaysia, and the Philippines. The most widely studied Pygmies are the Mbuti of northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, who pursue a nomadic hunting and gathering subsistence (see nomadism and hunting and gathering societies), but have established complex interdependent relationships with their non-Pygmy farming neighbors.

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