Pygmy

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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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