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Definition of "pygmy" [pygmy]

  • A member of one of various Ancient Equatorial African tribal peoples, notable for their very short stature (noun)
  • A member of a race of dwarfs (noun)
  • Any dwarfish person (noun)
  • An insignificant person, at least in some respect (noun)
  • Relating or belonging to the Pygmy people (adjective)

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Use "pygmy" in a sentence
  • "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."