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pygmy (plural pygmies)
- (often capitalized) A member of one of various Ancient Equatorial African tribal peoples, notable for their very short stature.
- The Bantu immigration drove many Pygmy tribes into the darkest jungle, while other Pygmies were reduced to cohabitation in a subservient status
- (Greek mythology) A member of a race of dwarfs.
- Homer and Herodote mentioned pygmies in India (which would fit the Andamanese Negritoes) or Ethiopia (then meaning all of Subsaharan Africa).
- (figuratively, derogatory, offensive) Any dwarfish person or thing.
- Everyone looked like pygmies whenever giant Joe joined his classmates.
- (figuratively, derogatory, offensive) An insignificant person, at least in some respect.
- Despite his towering stature, the minister proved a political pygmy.
a member of various African peoples
a member of a mythological race of dwarfs
any dwarfish person
an insignificant person
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- Relating or belonging to the Pygmy people
- Like a pygmy; unusually short or small for its kind
- Soil exhaustion ultimately produces a pygmy crop at best