قزم

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Etymology[edit]

From Ottoman Turkish قَزْم (qazm, pickaxe), from Ottoman Turkish قَازْمَق (qāzmaq, to dig out, to excavate), ultimately from Proto-Turkic *kaŕ- (to dig out). From the common cross-cultural depictions of dwarves working the earth, likely bolstered by the real-life use of smaller individuals in mines to reach inaccessible places.

Noun[edit]

قَزَم (qazamm (plural أَقْزَام (ʾaqzām))

  1. dwarf, midget, pigmy
  2. lilliputian
  3. little fellow, shrimp, hop-o'-my-thumb, whippersnapper
  4. disformed, of poor breeding stock
  5. someone of baser lineage, low class

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