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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 hedgehogs a hit with Swedes
    Ben Hooper STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- The Swedish Department for Animal Welfare and Health said an increasing number of Swedes are choosing African pygmy hedgehogs as pets. Read more on this news related to 'Pygmy'
  • Rare pygmy hippo born in Swedish zoo
    A Swedish zoo publishes pictures of its latest addition - a rare baby pygmy hippo. Read more on this news related to 'Pygmy'
  • How do neutron bells toll on the skin of the atomic nucleus? Vibrations of the surface of a heavy nucleus observed
    Physicists have observed -- for the first time with such precision -- vibrations of the surface of a heavy nucleus, lead 208Pb. Through their extremely accurate measurements this team has unraveled the details of neutron oscillations in the atomic nucleus and determined how many neutrons on the surface, or ‘skin’, of the nucleus participate in unique vibration Read more on this news related to 'Pygmy'

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