Definition of Pygmy

1. Noun. An unusually small individual.

Exact synonyms: Pigmy
Generic synonyms: Small Person



2. Noun. Any member of various peoples having an average height of less than five feet.
Exact synonyms: Pigmy
Generic synonyms: Small Person

Definition of Pygmy

1. a. Of or pertaining to a pygmy; resembling a pygmy or dwarf; dwarfish; very small.

2. n. One of a fabulous race of dwarfs who waged war with the cranes, and were destroyed.

3. n. One of a race of Central African Negritos found chiefly in the great forests of the equatorial belt. THey are the shortest of known races, the adults ranging from less than four to about five feet in stature. They are timid and shy, dwelling in the recesses of the forests, though often on good terms with neighboring Negroes.

Definition of Pygmy

1. Noun. (''often capitalized, usually in the plural: '''Pygmies''''') A member of one of various Ancient Equatorial African tribal peoples, notable for their very short stature ¹

2. Noun. (Greek mythology) A member of a race of dwarfs ¹

3. Noun. (figuratively) Any dwarfish person ¹

4. Noun. (figuratively) An insignificant person, at least in some respect ¹

5. Adjective. Relating or belonging to the Pygmy people ¹

6. Adjective. Like a pygmy; unusually short or small for its kind ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Pygmy

1. a small person [n -MIES] : PYGMAEAN, PYGMEAN, PYGMOID, PYGMYISH [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pygmy

pygal
pygals
pygarg
pygargs
pygargus
pygidia
pygidial
pygidium
pygidiums
pygmaean
pygmalion
pygmalions
pygmean
pygmies
pygmoid
pygmy (current term)
pygmy chimpanzee
pygmy chimpanzees
pygmy cypress
pygmy giant panda
pygmy hippopotamus
pygmy marmoset
pygmy mouse
pygmyish
pygmyism
pygmyisms
pygo-
pygopod

Literary usage of Pygmy

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1. Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine (1903)
"OF THE SOCIETY FO» EXPERIMENTAL BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE 161.221-223(1979) and Pituitary Concentrations of Growth Hormone and Prolactin in pygmy ..."

2. The Uganda Protectorate: An Attempt to Give Some Description of the Physical by Harry Hamilton Johnston (1902)
"pygmy wea]Mins and implements: dagger and scabbard, knives, chop|>T, arrows and quiver, a soft leather pad or glove to guard left hand when the ..."

3. The Uganda Protectorate: An Attempt to Give Some Description of the Physical by Harry Hamilton Johnston (1902)
"pygmy weapons and implements : dagger and scabbard. knives, uho])|x>r, arrows and quiver, a soft leather pad or glove to guard left hand when the ..."

4. Science from an Easy Chair by Edwin Ray Lankester (1913)
"CHAPTER XVIII THE pygmy RACES OF MEN THE tradition of the existence of dwarfs, not as isolated examples, but as a race with their own customs, government, ..."

5. Science from an Easy Chair by Edwin Ray Lankester (1913)
"But, on the whole, it may be said that, putting aside the pygmy races, ... The pygmy races are sharply separated from normal mankind by as much as a foot, ..."

6. The Uganda Protectorate: An Attempt to Give Some Description of the Physical by Harry Hamilton Johnston (1902)
"pygmy weapons and implements : dagger and scabbard, knives, ... pygmy weapons, and two trumpets made from elephant's tusks .......... 302. ..."

7. Pygmies & Papuans: The Stone Age To-day in Dutch New Guinea by Alexander Frederick Richmond Wollaston, William Robert Ogilvie-Grant, Alfred Cort Haddon, Sidney Herbert Ray (1912)
"But when one finds within one area, as in the East Indian region, distinct peoples of medium, short and pygmy stature, living under conditions which appear ..."

8. Tramps Round the Mountains of the Moon and Through the Back Gate of the by T. Broadwood Johnson (1909)
"CHAPTER XVIII THROUGH THE pygmy FOREST ; ESCORTED BY OUR HOST The departure, a transformation scene—The forest: Stanley's long gloom—Cape to Cairo Railway ..."

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