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The grim fact is that we prepare for war like precocious giants, and for peace like retarded pygmies.
Lester B. Pearson

Meaning of "pygmies" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF PYGMIES

pygmies  [ˈpɪɡmɪz] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF PYGMIES

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Pygmies is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES PYGMIES MEAN IN ENGLISH?

pygmies

Pygmy peoples

A pygmy is a member of an ethnic group whose average height is unusually short; many anthropologists define pygmy as a member of any group where adult men are on average less than 150 cm tall. Other anthropologists do not agree to group peoples based on stature as height is neither an accurate reflection of culture nor genetics. A member of a slightly taller group is frequently termed "pygmoid". The term is best associated with peoples of Central Africa, such as the Aka, Efé and Mbuti. If the term pygmy is defined as a group's men having an average height below 1.55 meters, then there are also pygmies in Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Andaman Islands, Indonesia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Bolivia, and Brazil, including some Negritos of Southeast Asia.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH PYGMIES


anatomies
əˈnætəmɪz
archenemies
ˌɑːtʃˈenɪmɪz
armies
ˈɑːmɪz
autonomies
ɔːˈtɒnəmɪz
cholecystectomies
ˌkɒlɪsɪˈstektəmɪz
colostomies
kəˈlɒstəmɪz
crummies
ˈkrʌmɪz
dummies
ˈdʌmɪz
Grammies
ˈɡræmɪz
jammies
ˈdʒæmɪz
jimmies
ˈdʒɪmɪz
kermes
ˈkɜːmɪz
laparotomies
ˌlæpəˈrɒtəmɪz
mastectomies
mæˈstektəmɪz
osteotomies
ˈɒstɪˈɒtəmɪz
pigmies
ˈpɪɡmɪz
prostatectomies
ˌprɒstəˈtektəmɪz
semis
ˈsɛmɪz
shammies
ˈʃæmɪz
tummies
ˈtʌmɪz

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE PYGMIES

pyemic
pyet
pygal
pygarg
pygidia
pygidial
pygidium
pygmaean
Pygmalion
pygmean
pygmoid
pygmy
pygmy chimpanzee
pygmy glider
pygmy marmoset
pygmy possum
pygmyish
pygmyism
pygostyle
pyic

WORDS THAT END LIKE PYGMIES

academies
antinomies
blasphemies
commies
demies
dichotomies
diseconomies
economies
enemies
gummies
hysterectomies
infamies
lobotomies
mammies
mummies
sammies
shimmies
stymies
tommies
vasectomies

Synonyms and antonyms of pygmies in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «PYGMIES»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «pygmies» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of pygmies

Translation of «pygmies» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF PYGMIES

Find out the translation of pygmies to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of pygmies from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «pygmies» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

俾格米人
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

pigmeos
570 millions of speakers

English

pygmies
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

pygmies
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

الأقزام
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

пигмеи
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

pigmeus
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

pygmies,
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

pygmées
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Pygmies
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Pygmäen
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

ピグミー
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

피그미
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Pygmies
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

người lùn pygmy
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

பிக்மீஸ்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

पग्गमियां
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

pigmeleri
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

pigmei
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

Pigmeje
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

пігмеї
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

pigmei
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

Πυγμαίους
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

pigmeë
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

pygméer
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

pygmeer
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of pygmies

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «PYGMIES»

The term «pygmies» is normally little used and occupies the 113.865 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «PYGMIES» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about pygmies

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2 QUOTES WITH «PYGMIES»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word pygmies.
1
Lester B. Pearson
The grim fact is that we prepare for war like precocious giants, and for peace like retarded pygmies.
2
Richard G. Scott
Some missionaries are giants in the Spirit and pygmies in skills in the Spirit. Work hard to develop a balance. Your leaders, and you, should teach the skills to each other.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «PYGMIES»

Discover the use of pygmies in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to pygmies and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Children of the Forest: Africa’s Mbuti Pygmies
Kevin Duffy describes how these forest nomads, who are as adapted to the forest as its wildlife, gratefully acknowledge their beloved home as the source of everything they need: food, clothing, shelter, and affection.
Kevin Duffy, 1995
2
The King of the World in the Land of the Pygmies
Joan Mark offers an interpretive biography of Patrick Tracy Lowell Putnam (1904–53), who spent twenty-five years living among the Bambuti pygmies of the Ituri Forest in what is now Zaire.
Joan Mark, 1998
3
"The Pygmies were our compass": Bantu and Batwa in the ...
Covering more than 2,000 years this important region's history, this book is a groundbreaking contribution to the knowledge of pre-colonial Africa.
Kairn A. Klieman, 2003
4
King of the Pygmies
After hearing what he believes are other peoples' thoughts and learning that he may have schizophrenia, high school sophomore Penn has to decide whether to accept the diagnosis.
Jonathon Scott Fuqua, 2007
5
Popular Science
THE AFRICAN PYGMIES BY S. P. VERNER HPHE presence of a group of the African pygmies at the World's Fair at St. Louis attracted considerable attention to these little people. It has also revealed a number of erroneous popular ...
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Popular Science
THE AFRICAN PYGMIES. BY A. WEENEE. T the least interesting of the discoveries made by Mr. Stan- ley on his latest expedition is that of the Wambatti — the dwarf tribe living between the upper Aruhwimi and the Nepoko. It has long been a ...
7
The History and Geography of Human Genes
spurt, indicating that GHR and IGFI increase at puberty is responsible for this spurt and its lack in Pygmies determines their small stature (Mérimée et al. 1987). Facts and causes of the small stature of other non- African "Pygmies" around the  ...
Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza, Paolo Menozzi, Alberto Piazza, 1994
8
Pygmies and Pyramids
PYGMIES I Praised be the Lord who, along with my bad teeth, blessed me with patience, and, when the patience was gone, knotted my heart with despair: fear of it stirs me to dream up these eerie magnificent verses, that, without readers, will ...
Richard Moore, 1998
9
Ariadne's Thread: A Guide to International Tales Found in ...
The word could be used generically ("pygmies") to refer to dwarves generally or as an ethnic label ("Pygmies") to refer to the particular community of dwarves who battled against cranes. Although in ancient art Pygmies are often given negroid ...
William F. Hansen, 2002
10
Perspectives on Africa: A Reader in Culture, History and ...
by domination; the Pygmies seek to perpetuate it by a kind of indigenous apartheid. Because the relation is one of mutual convenience rather than necessity, it works with reasonable success in the economic realm. The villagers ascribe the ...
Roy Richard Grinker, Stephen C. Lubkemann, Christopher B. Steiner, 2010

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «PYGMIES»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term pygmies is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Dozens of Congo Pygmies killed in escalating violence: UN
KINSHASA (Reuters) - Dozens of Pygmies in Democratic Republic of Congo's southeast were killed by Bantu militiamen in the past week, the U.N. ... «Yahoo News, May 15»
2
Pygmies demand end to discrimination in DR Congo
Kinshasa (AFP) - Pygmies in the Democratic Republic of Congo used the forum offered by a festival of indigenous peoples Friday to demand protection against ... «Yahoo News, Mar 15»
3
How an MMA fighter found salvation among the Pygmies
Wren is now a hero to thousands of Pygmies from the Congo, who are known as either "The Forest People" or, as they call themselves, "The Forgotten People.". «Yahoo Sports, Mar 15»
4
World Wildlife Day: tribespeople denounce persecution in the name …
Powerful video testimonies by Bayaka “Pygmies” in the Republic of Congo highlight their intimate connection with their lands and the abuses they face at the ... «Survival International, Mar 15»
5
Why Pygmies Aren't Scared By The 'Psycho' Theme
Deep in the rain forest of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a group of Pygmies lives in near isolation from Western culture. The Mbenzele Pygmies don't have ... «NPR, Jan 15»
6
Pygmies, Bantus flee war over tryst in Democratic Republic of Congo
MUKONDO, CONGO – It all began with a love affair a year ago between a Bantu and his Pygmy mistress, a tryst that so unnerved the enemy peoples of Congo's ... «The Japan Times, Nov 14»
7
Dot Earth | 'Song From the Forest' Charts a Musicologist's Love Affair …
He adds: “This is also a story about how the world of the Bayaka pygmies is ... said to be living deep in the rain forest with hunter-gatherer pygmies for decades. «New York Times, Nov 14»
8
Brady on 'pygmies' Edelman & Amendola
Call them the super pygmies. In answering a question about how veteran receiver Brandon LaFell (6-2, 210) has integrated into the team's system, Brady had a ... «ESPN, Aug 14»
9
Prickly pygmies who are Britain's latest pet craze: Rush to buy £150 …
The type most people buy as pets — the African Pygmy — is a cross between the White-bellied hedgehog, native to central and eastern Africa, and the Algerian ... «Daily Mail, Jun 14»
10
Genes shed light on pygmy history
Scientists on Tuesday said they could fill a blank in the history of Central Africa's pygmies, whose past is one of the most elusive of any community in the world. «Phys.Org, Feb 14»

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