noun, plural Pyg·mies.
- a member of a small-statured people native to equatorial Africa.
- a Negrito of southeastern Asia, or of the Andaman or Philippine islands.
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Origin of Pygmy
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OTHER WORDS FROM Pygmypygmoid, adjectivepyg·my·ish, adjectivepyg·my·ism, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for Pygmy
To make matters worse, the pygmy goat did not even belong to Thompson; it had been stolen from a 4-year-old boy.Rudy Eugene, Brian De Leon, and More Crazy 'Bath Salt' Freakouts|Andrew Carter|June 8, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Pygmy hippos are a distinct sub-species to their larger cousins the common hippopotamus.
With only a half million natives (and another half million foreign workers) Bahrain is a pygmy in Arab politics.
Reading Pygmy is like trying to do a crossword puzzle while riding a horse underwater.
“So corrupt, evil, vile American liberal culture, such United States pretension,” as Pygmy reports.
After entering the great primeval forest Mr. Lloyd went west for five days without the sight of a Pygmy.
He journeyed for three weeks in the Pygmy forest and had excellent opportunities for examining its inhabitants.
They are lacking, like the Pygmy races in general, in the art of chipping stone, one of the earliest arts acquired by man.
A large clearing may have eight to twelve of these Pygmy camps around it, with perhaps two thousand inmates.
He felt very much of a pygmy and very helpless as he scrambled about over the icy decks.Blow The Man Down|Holman Day
British Dictionary definitions for Pygmy (1 of 2)
noun plural -mies
Derived forms of pygmypygmaean or pygmean (pɪɡˈmiːən), adjective
Word Origin for pygmy
British Dictionary definitions for Pygmy (2 of 2)
noun plural -mies
Medical definitions for Pygmy
Cultural definitions for 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.