Pygmy

  • 1 Pygmy — Pyg my, Pygmean Pyg*me an, a. [L. pygmaeus. See {Pygmy}.] Of or pertaining to a pygmy; resembling a pygmy or dwarf; dwarfish; very small. Like that Pygmean race. Milton. [1913 Webster] {Pygmy antelope} (Zo[ o]l.), the kleeneboc. {Pygmy goose}… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Pygmy — Pyg my, n.; pl. {Pygmies}. [L. pygmaeus, Gr. ?, fr. ? the fist, a measure of length, the distance from the elbow to the knuckles, about 131 inches. Cf. {Pugnacious}, {Fist}.] [Written also {pigmy}.] 1. (Class. Myth.) One of a fabulous race of… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 pygmy — late 14c., Pigmei, member of a fabulous race of dwarfs, described by Homer and Herodotus and said to inhabit Egypt or Ethiopia and India, from L. Pygmaei (sing. Pygmaeus), from Gk. Pygmaios, originally plural of an adj. meaning dwarfish, lit. of… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 pygmy — *dwarf, midget, manikin, homunculus, runt …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 pygmy — is derived from a Greek word pygmē meaning ‘the length of the forearm’ and largely for this reason the spelling with y is preferable to the form pigmy …

    Modern English usage

  • 6 pygmy — (also pigmy) ► NOUN (pl. pygmies) 1) a member of certain peoples of very short stature in equatorial Africa. 2) chiefly derogatory a very small person or thing. 3) a person who is deficient in a particular respect: intellectual pygmies. ►… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 Pygmy — [pig′mē] n. pl. Pygmies [ME pigmey < L pygmaeus < Gr pygmaios, of the length of the pygmē, forearm and fist, also fist: see PUGNACIOUS] 1. any of several groups of small African or Asian peoples described in ancient history and legend 2. a… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 Pygmy — pygmoid, adj. pygmyish, adj. pygmyism, n. /pig mee/, n., pl. Pygmies, adj. n. 1. Anthropol. a. a member of a small statured people native to equatorial Africa. b. a Negrito of southeastern Asia, or of the Andaman or Philippine islands. 2. (l.c.)… …

    Universalium

  • 9 pygmy — 1. noun a) (often capitalized, usually in the plural: Pygmies) A member of one of various Ancient Equatorial African tribal peoples, notable for their very short stature The Bantu immigration drove many Pygmy tribes into the darkest jungle, while …

    Wiktionary

  • 10 pygmy — pyg|my1 , pigmy [ˈpıgmi] n plural pygmies [Date: 1300 1400; : Latin; Origin: pygmaeus very small in height , from Greek, from pygme fist (as a unit of length) ] 1.) also Pygmy someone …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 pygmy — [[t]pɪ̱gmi[/t]] pygmies also pigmy 1) ADJ: ADJ n Pygmy means belonging to a species of animal which is the smallest of a group of related species. Reaching a maximum height of 56cm the pygmy goat is essentially a pet. 2) N COUNT A pygmy is a… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 pygmy — I UK [ˈpɪɡmɪ] / US adjective a pygmy animal or plant belongs to a type that does not grow very big pygmy hippos/waterlilies II UK [ˈpɪɡmɪ] / US noun [countable] Word forms pygmy : singular pygmy plural pygmies showing disapproval someone who is… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 pygmy — also pigmy noun (plural pygmies; also pigmies) Etymology: Middle English pigmei, from Latin pygmaeus of a pygmy, dwarfish, from Greek pygmaios, from pygmē fist, measure of length more at pungent Date: 14th century 1. often capitalized any of a… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 14 pygmy — pyg|my [ pıgmi ] adjective a pygmy animal or plant belongs to a type that does not grow very big: pygmy hippos/waterlilies …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 pygmy — (also pigmy) noun (plural pygmies) 1》 (Pygmy) a member of certain peoples of very short stature in equatorial Africa or parts of SE Asia. 2》 chiefly derogatory a very small person or thing. 3》 a person who is deficient in a particular respect: an …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 16 pygmy — noun (C) 1 also Pygmy a person belonging to a race of very small people, especially one of the tribes of central Africa 2 pygmy rabbit/hippo/elephant etc a very small type of rabbit, hippo etc …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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  • 18 pygmy — noun 1) a Congo pygmy Syn: dwarf, midget, very small person, homunculus, manikin; Lilliputian; informal shrimp 2) an intellectual pygmy Syn: lightweight, mediocrity, nonentity, nobody, no name …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 19 Pygmy — UK [ˈpɪɡmɪ] / US noun [countable] Word forms Pygmy : singular Pygmy plural Pygmies a member of a people who are of less than average height. Most Pygmies live in Central Africa or Southeast Asia. This word is now sometimes considered offensive …

    English dictionary

  • 20 pygmy — A physiologic dwarf with normal serum levels of growth hormone and somatomedin and refractoriness to exogenous hormone; especially one of a race of similar people, such as the pygmies of central Africa. SYN: pigmy. [G. pygmaios, dwarfish, fr.… …

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