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Meaning of PYGMY

Pronunciation:  'pigmee, 'pigmee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  any member of various peoples having an average height of less than five feet
  2. [n]  an unusually small individual

PYGMY is a 5 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: Pigmy
 See Also: small person



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pyg"my\, n.
    One of a race of Central African Negritos found chiefly in
    the great forests of the equatorial belt. THey are the
    shortest of known races, the adults ranging from less than
    four to about five feet in stature. They are timid and shy,
    dwelling in the recesses of the forests, though often on good
    terms with neighboring Negroes.
  2. \Pyg"my\, Pygmean \Pyg*me"an\, a. [L. pygmaeus. See
    Of or pertaining to a pygmy; resembling a pygmy or dwarf;
    dwarfish; very small. `` Like that Pygmean race.'' --Milton.
    {Pygmy antelope} (Zo["o]l.), the kleeneboc.
    {Pygmy goose} (Zo["o]l.), any species of very small geese of
       the genus {Nettapus}, native of Africa, India, and
    {Pygmy owl} (Zo["o]l.), the gnome.
    {Pygmy parrot} (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of very
       small green parrots ({Nasitern[ae]}), native of New Guinea
       and adjacent islands. They are not larger than sparrows.
  3. \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 dwarfs who waged
       war with the cranes, and were destroyed.
    2. Hence, a short, insignificant person; a dwarf.
       Pygmies are pygmies still, though perched on Alps. And
       pyramids are pyramids in vales.             --Young.