Definition of pygmy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (also pigmy) noun
    BrE BrE//ˈpɪɡmi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪɡmi//
    (pl. pygmies, pigmies)
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  1. 1 Pygmy a member of a race of very short people living in parts of Africa and SE Asia
  2. 2(disapproving) a very small person or thing or one that is weak in some way He regarded them as intellectual pygmies.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (originally in the plural, denoting a mythological race of small people): via Latin from Greek pugmaios ‘dwarf’, from pugmē ‘the length measured from elbow to knuckles’.
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