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Pygmy Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

Definitions from Wordnet 2.0

  • any member of various peoples having an average height of less than five feet
  • an unusually small individual

Definitions from Wiktionary

  • an unusually small individual ,
  • any member of various peoples having an average height of less than five feet

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Pygmy Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia

Pygmy is a word that describes several ethnic groups with unusually short people. According to anthropologists, pygmies can be any group where adult men are less than 150 centimetres (4.9 ft) tall on average.

The word "pygmy" is sometimes thought to be pejorative (an insult). It is, however, the only word that is used to call all African Midgets. The word Bayaka is sometimes used in the Central African Republic to refer to all local Pygmies. In the Congo Basin, pygmies are called the Kongo word Bambenga.

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'Pygmy' example sentence in quotations

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

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Pygmy Sample Sentences in News

  • Environmentalists try again for pygmy owl endangered status
    Lawsuit asks court to proclaim Fish and Wildlife erred in delisting the animal. Read more on this news related to 'Pygmy'
  • Inter-ethnic conflict racks Congo's mining heartland
    By Aaron Ross MUKONDO, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Nsange's troubles began with an affair. Pygmy residents of the village in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo caught a Bantu man in bed with a married pygmy woman last year. Retribution was swift: a group of pygmies beat the Bantu to death. The killing sparked a vicious series of reprisals i Read more on this news related to 'Pygmy'
  • Conservation groups sue feds over cactus pygmy owl
    Two environmental groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday aimed at forcing the federal government to protect Arizona's diminishing cactus ferruginous pygmy owl population. Read more on this news related to 'Pygmy'

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