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Cat: a pygmy lion who loves mice, hates dogs, and patronizes human beings.
Oliver Herford

Meaning of "pygmy" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD PYGMY

Pigmeis the Pygmies, from Latin Pygmaeus a Pygmy, from Greek pugmaios undersized, from pugmē fist.
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PRONUNCIATION OF PYGMY

pygmy  [ˈpɪɡmɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF PYGMY

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Pygmy 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 PYGMY MEAN IN ENGLISH?

pygmy

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.

Definition of pygmy in the English dictionary

The first definition of pygmy in the dictionary is an abnormally undersized person. Other definition of pygmy is something that is a very small example of its type. Pygmy is also a person of little importance or significance.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH PYGMY


Dogme
ˈdɒɡmɪ
Pigmy
ˈpɪɡmɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE PYGMY

pygal
pygarg
pygidia
pygidial
pygidium
pygmaean
Pygmalion
pygmean
pygmies
pygmoid
pygmy chimpanzee
pygmy glider
pygmy marmoset
pygmy possum
pygmyish
pygmyism
pygostyle
pyic
pyin
pyinkado

WORDS THAT END LIKE PYGMY

academy
anatomy
army
astronomy
creamy
domy
dummy
economy
Emmy
enemy
filmy
Grammy
jimmy
mommy
my
phlegmy
tammy
taxonomy
tommy
yummy

Synonyms and antonyms of pygmy in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «PYGMY»

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

Translation of «pygmy» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF PYGMY

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

Translator English - Chinese

侏儒
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

pigmeo
570 millions of speakers

English

pygmy
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

बौना
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

الأقزام
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

карликовый
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

pigmeu
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

বেঁটে
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

pygmée
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Pygmy
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Pygmäe
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

Pygmy
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

giống người lùn ở phi châu
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

பிக்மி
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

पायजी
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

pigme
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

pigmeo
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

pigmej
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

карликовий
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

pitic
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

πυγμαίος
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

dwerg
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

pygmé
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

pygmé
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of pygmy

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «PYGMY»

The term «pygmy» is quite widely used and occupies the 47.732 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «PYGMY» OVER TIME

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

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3 QUOTES WITH «PYGMY»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word pygmy.
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Richard Hammond
And I like pygmy goats, because they're just lovely, and ducks.
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Oliver Herford
Cat: a pygmy lion who loves mice, hates dogs, and patronizes human beings.
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Lord Robertson
For years, European leaders have pointed out that Europe is an economic giant, but a military pygmy.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «PYGMY»

Discover the use of pygmy in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to pygmy and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Pygmy
Agent Number 67, nicknamed Pygmy for his diminutive size, arrives in the United States from his totalitarian homeland.
Chuck Palahniuk, 2009
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Intimate Fathers: The Nature and Context of Aka Pygmy ...
This systematic study of non-Western fathers' roles in infant care focuses on the Aka pygmies of central Africa
Barry S. Hewlett, 1993
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Pygmy Marmosets
Pygmy marmosets are the tiniest members of the monkey family. From food to homes to behavior, learn the facts on these pint-sized primates.
Mari Schuh, 2013
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Faunal Extinction in an Island Society: Pygmy Hippopotamus ...
This report summarises the results of archaeological investigations at the site of Aetokremnos in southern Cyprus and assess the evidence for human involvement in the extinction of the pygmy hippo, once native to the island.
Alan H. Simmons, 1999
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Pygmy
--Laura Mullen, author of After I Was Dead and The Surface. Julie Becker's PYGMY is a rollicking collection of determinedly honest poems.
Julie Becker, 2001
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The Last Ape: Pygmy Chimpanzee Behavior and Ecology
"Written by one of the world's principal specialists on the pygmy chimpanzee, this is the first comprehensive work on the last of the African great apes to be studied in the wild.
Takayoshi Kanō, 1992
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Owls
Due to their extreme similarity in size, plumage, and lifestyle, I combined the species information on the ferruginous pygmy-owl and the northern pygmy-owl. FERRUGINOUS PYGMY-OWL (GLAUCIDIUM BRASILJANUM ) The ferruginous  ...
Floyd Scholz, 2001
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Manual of Exotic Pet Practice
Salmonella Tilene has been reported to cause enteritis in the African pygmy hedgehog.42,43 However, hedgehogs may also be subclinical carriers. European hedgehogs have also been reported to be infected with a variety of other ...
Mark A. Mitchell, Thomas N. Tully, 2009
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Pygmy rabbit surveys on state lands in Oregon
Table 3. Comparison of average clay and sand content of soil among active and inactive pygmy rabbit sites, and unoccupied sites. Status N Clay(%) Sand (%) Active Inactive No rabbits ...
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The pill, pygmy chimps, and Degas' horse: the autobiography ...
The inventor of the pill and antihistamines describes how he synthesized cortisone and the pill at the age of twenty-eight, and chronicles his career and his metamorphosis into a socially conscious scientist. 15,000 first printing. $25,000 ...
Carl Djerassi, 1992

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «PYGMY»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term pygmy is used in the context of the following news items.
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Mother and calf pygmy sperm whales wash ashore in Myrtle Beach …
A crowd gathers around a juvenile Pygmy sperm whale on the beach near the Apache Pier. Two Pygmy sperm whales, an adult cow and her calf, beached ... «Myrtle Beach Sun News, Jul 15»
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From Pygmy Hunting Songs To Taylor Swift, What Makes Music …
This collection of universal features connects "Do-Re-Mi" from The Sound of Music to a Pygmy hunting dance and Taylor Swift's hit "Shake It Off" to Palestinian ... «NPR, Jul 15»
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Baby Pygmy Hippo in Australia Makes His 1st Public Splash
A pygmy hippopotamus calf has splashed into the water with his mom for the first time in front of viewers at the Melbourne Zoo in Australia. At first, the 3-week-old ... «ABC News, Jun 15»
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Hippopotamus calf takes to the water for the first time
A pygmy hippopotamus calf has taken to the water for the first time with his mother at Melbourne Zoo. His keeper, Justin Valentine, said Obi had been gaining ... «BBC News, Jun 15»
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Newborn pygmy hippo takes baby steps at Melbourne zoo – video
A baby pygmy hippopotamus has made an arrival at Melbourne zoo, the first to be born there since 1981. Two weeks after the calf's birth, zookeepers are ... «The Guardian, Jun 15»
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Australia gift to Britain's new princess to help pygmy possums
"The Mountain Pygmy-possum is Australia's only hibernating marsupial. There are fewer than 2,000 left in the wild," Abbott said of the endangered animal which ... «Yahoo News, May 15»
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Viking's Choice: Pygmy Lush, 'On A Plain (Nirvana Cover)'
Like Thou, Pygmy Lush contributes to the series again, forever delaying whatever brothers Mike and Chris Taylor — who, yes, were in pg. 99 — and crew have ... «NPR, Apr 15»
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Swedish pygmy monkeys become latest victims of diplomatic spat …
The owner of Skansen Zoo, Jonas Wahlstrom, was supposed to transfer two pairs of pygmy marmoset monkeys to a small zoo outside Riyadh in May, but he told ... «International Business Times UK, Apr 15»
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3-week-old African pygmy goats debut at Maryland Zoo
The zoo said Chloe and Clark were born March 10 to the zoo's pygmy goat pair, Lex and Lois. The zoo said the babies have been behind closed doors since ... «WBAL Baltimore, Apr 15»
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Here's an Adorable Newborn Pygmy Hippo Just Doing His Thing
The Zoological Society of London's Whipsnade Zoo has released adorable footage of the newest member of its family, a male pygmy hippo calf. The baby's mom ... «TIME, Jan 15»

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