Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Resembling or characteristic of a Pygmy. Not in scientific use.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Resembling a Pygmy; generally, shorter than other peoples but not short enough to be considered Pygmies
  • n. A person so resembling a Pygmy, such as the Negritos of Asia and peoples of the Congo Basin with mixed Pygmy–Bantu ancestry

Etymologies

From pygmy +‎ -oid (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • (There are also short and very short pygmoid peoples in this region, such as the Twa of Rwanda, but they are not power players.)

    East Africa’s Tall Vs. Average War

  • The medium-height Bantu Hutu farmers arrived 2,000 years ago and drove the pygmoid hunter-gatherer Twa into the forests.

    Archive 2005-01-16

  • Everything, in short, suggests that this period may represent in the individual what was once for a very protracted and relatively stationary period an age of maturity in the remote ancestors of our race, when the young of our species, who were perhaps pygmoid, shifted for themselves independently of further parental aid.

    Youth: Its Education, Regimen, and Hygiene

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