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pygmy

adjective [before noun] uk (also pigmy)   /ˈpɪɡ.mi/ us  
describes an animal or bird that is one of a type that is smaller than animals or birds of that type usually are: a pygmy hippopotamus a pygmy owl

pygmy

noun [C] uk (also pigmy)   /ˈpɪɡ.mi/ disapproving us  
someone who is not important or who has little skill: a political pygmy an intellectual pygmy
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