noun (plural Pygmies)
- 1A member of certain peoples of very short stature in equatorial Africa and parts of Southeast Asia.More example sentences
- The earliest known inhabitants of South Africa were Pygmies and Khoisan.
- The original inhabitants were the Pygmies, but only a few thousand remain.
- Their physical features - short stature, dark skin, peppercorn hair and large buttocks - are characteristic of African Pygmies.
- 1.1 (pygmy) chiefly • derogatory A very small person, animal, or thing.More example sentences
- The fall of a Titan is always much more shocking than the stumble of a pygmy.
- Home rule has fallen into the hands of insecure, paranoid, self-protecting pygmies.
- However, the Oompa-Loompas, a rare tribe of identical pygmies (all played by Deep Roy) who work for Wonka provoke mixed feelings.
- 1.2 (pygmy) [usually with adjective] An insignificant person, especially one who is deficient in a particular respect: he regarded them as intellectual pigmiesMore example sentences
- Even with the slight handicap of having to speak in English, Mr Fischer would have these intellectual pygmies for breakfast.
- I seek to be neither an intellectual nor a spiritual pygmy.
- We have a scientific social system in which intellectual pygmies are standing in judgment of giants.
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- 1Of, relating to, or denoting the Pygmies: centuries-old Pygmy chants from central AfricaMore example sentences
- Finally, the husband called out the Pygmy equivalent of ‘You're right, honey!’
- The pipeline also runs through an area that is home to a Pygmy minority of traditional hunters and gatherers, the Bakola.
- People of the Pygmy and the Ndowe tribes were the first inhabitants of the area that is today the mainland of Equatorial Guinea.
- 1.1 (pygmy) (Of a person or thing) very small.More example sentences
- The benevolent dwarf countenances were gone, and they all looked like pygmy monsters out of an old horror movie.
- Skeptics find this possibility implausible, arguing that it's more likely this individual was just a pygmy human with some genetic defect.
- 1.2 (pygmy) Used in names of animals and plants that are much smaller than more typical kinds, e.g., pygmy hippopotamus, pygmy water lily.More example sentences
- Moreover, some predators of pygmy swordtails (X. nigrensis) also exhibit a bias for the sword.
- The pygmy hippo, which is the smallest species, occurs in West Africa, especially in or near rivers, lakes, and swamps.
- The species lived with pygmy elephants and giant lizards on a remote island in Indonesia.
- ( • archaic )More example sentences
- Evidence of this may still be found in the fact that the present-day pygmean aborigines of the Andaman Islands possess fire and keep it burning continuously.
- The reputation of the tavern, under its pygmean proprietor, was but brief, as the "unparalleled" Coan, as he is styled, died within two years.
Pronunciation: /ˈpigmēən, pigˈmēən/adjective
late 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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