- n. often capitalized A member of one of various Ancient Equatorial African tribal peoples, notable for their very short stature
- n. Greek mythology A member of a race of dwarfs
- n. figuratively Any dwarfish person
- n. figuratively An insignificant person, at least in some respect
- adj. Relating or belonging to the Pygmy people
- adj. Like a pygmy; unusually short or small for its kind
- From Ancient Greek Πυγμαῖος (Pugmaios, "a member of a race of dwarves") (Wiktionary)
“The term pygmy is sometimes used in modern language to refer to one who is very short of stature.”
“There are pygmies all around the world and the only thing they have in common in less than average height (which is why anthropologists don't use the term pygmy any more, it implies they're a distinct subset of humanity when in fact they're a completely artificial grouping crudely defined by a single characteristic).”
“-- Mountain pygmy possum Burramys parvus: described from Pleistocene owl pellets in 1896 but found alive in a ski lodge in the Australian Alps in 1966.”
“The woodland zone in the most extensive, dominated by what is often called a pygmy forest of pinyon pine (Pinus edulis) and several species of juniper (Juniperus spp.).”
“And what a moral pygmy is today's Guardianista compared to his counterpart of 70 years ago.”
“The woodland zone is the most extensive, dominated by open stands of two-needle pinyon pine and several species of juniper, often termed a pygmy forest.”
“Real-life gremlin – aka the pygmy tarsier – has been rediscovered.”
“Bonobos, also called pygmy chimps, are close genetic relatives of chimpanzees and humans.”
“TODD: In his letter to the man he once reportedly called a pygmy, Mr. Bush offered the prospect of diplomatic ties if nothing breaks down in talks aimed at dismantling the nuclear weapons.”
“This is a rare and endangered species, Pan paniscus, sometimes known as the pygmy chimpanzee—a misleading label because these animals are almost as large as the more common chimpanzee.”
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