Pygmy definitions

pĭg'mē
A member of a race of dwarfs.
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A member of any of various peoples, especially of equatorial Africa and parts of Southeast Asia, having an average height less than 5 feet (1.5 meters).
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An individual of unusually small size.
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An individual considered to be of little or no importance.

Political pygmies.

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Of or relating to the Pygmies.
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Unusually or atypically small.
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Unimportant; trivial.
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A member of any of several groups of African or Asian peoples of small stature described in ancient history and legend.
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A member of any of several modern African (Negrillo) and Asian (Negrito) peoples of small stature.
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Any person, animal, or plant abnormally undersized; dwarf.
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An insignificant person or thing.
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Of the Pygmies.
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Very small.
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Insignificant.
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(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 other Pygmies were reduced to cohabitation in a subservient status.

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(Greek mythology) A member of a race of dwarfs.

Homer and Herodote mentioned Pygmies in India (which would fit the Andamanese Negritoes) or Ethiopia (then meaning all Subsaharan Africa)

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(figuratively) Any dwarfish person.

Everyone looked like Pygmies whenever giant Joe joined his classmates.

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

Despite his towering stature, the minister proved a political pygmy.

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Relating or belonging to the Pygmy people.
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Like a pygmy; unusually short or small for its kind.

Soil exhaustion ultimately produces a pygmy crop at best.

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Origin of pygmy

Middle English pigmie from Latin Pygmaeī the Pygmies from Greek Pugmaioi from pugmē cubit, fist peuk- in Indo-European roots