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Pygmy Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

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

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


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  • Pygmy attacks on Bantu rivals in DR Congo leave 27 dead: UN
    Pygmy militia attacks against Bantu villages in the Democratic Republic of Congo last week claimed the lives of 27 people, the United Nations said on Wednesday. The three attacks, around the town of Manono in the southeastern province of Katanga, occurred between February 9 and 15, Felix-Prosper Basse, spokesman for the UN peacekeeping mission in DR Congo, told a Read more on this news related to 'Pygmy'
  • Pygmy possum hitches ride in SA mailbag, travels 90 kilometres to Minlaton post office
    A pygmy possum has hitched a ride around southern Yorke Peninsula in South Australia in the bottom of a mail bag. Read more on this news related to 'Pygmy'
  • Pygmy attacks on Bantu rivals in DR Congo
    Pygmy militia attacks in the Democratic Republic of Congo last week claimed the lives of 27 people. Read more on this news related to 'Pygmy'

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