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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: pygmaeus 'very small in height', from Greek, from pygme 'fist (as a unit of length)'

pygmy

1 noun
     
Related topics: Anthropology
pyg‧my1, pigmy plural pygmies [countable]
1 also PygmySASA someone who belongs to a race of very small people, especially one of the tribes of central Africa
2 someone who is not as good, intelligent, strong etc as other people in the same group - used in order to show disapproval:
a literary pygmy

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