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



(also pigmy) adjective
BrE BrE//ˈpɪɡmi//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪɡmi//
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[only before noun] used to describe a plant or species (= type) of animal that is much smaller than other similar kinds a pygmy shrew 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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