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Definition of Pygmy
Pygmy Pyg"my, n.
One of a race of Central African Negritos found chiefly in
the great forests of the equatorial belt. THey are the
shortest of known races, the adults ranging from less than
four to about five feet in stature. They are timid and shy,
dwelling in the recesses of the forests, though often on good
terms with neighboring Negroes.
PygmyPygmy Pyg"my, Pygmean Pyg*me"an, a. [L. pygmaeus. See
Of or pertaining to a pygmy; resembling a pygmy or dwarf;
dwarfish; very small. `` Like that Pygmean race.' --Milton.
Pygmy antelope (Zo["o]l.), the kleeneboc.
Pygmy goose (Zo["o]l.), any species of very small geese of
the genus Nettapus, native of Africa, India, and
Pygmy owl (Zo["o]l.), the gnome.
Pygmy parrot (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of very
small green parrots (Nasitern[ae]), native of New Guinea
and adjacent islands. They are not larger than sparrows. PygmyPygmy Pyg"my, n.; pl. Pygmies. [L. pygmaeus, Gr. ?, fr. ?
the fist, a measure of length, the distance from the elbow to
the knuckles, about 131 inches. Cf. Pugnacious, Fist.]
[Written also pigmy.]
1. (Class. Myth.) One of a fabulous race of dwarfs who waged
war with the cranes, and were destroyed.
2. Hence, a short, insignificant person; a dwarf.
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