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"pygmy" in British English

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pygmyadjective [before noun]

(also pigmy) uk   us   /ˈpɪɡ.mi/

pygmynoun [C]

(also pigmy) uk   us   /ˈpɪɡ.mi/ disapproving

Pygmynoun [C]

(also Pigmy) uk   us   /ˈpɪɡ.mi/
a ​member of one of several ​groups of very ​smallpeople who ​live in Central ​Africa: Pygmies ​average about 1.5 ​metres in ​height.
(Definition of pygmy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pygmy" in American English

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pygmyadjective [not gradable]

(also pigmy)  us   /ˈpɪɡ·mi/
(of an ​animal or ​bird) one of a ​type which is ​smaller than ​animals or ​birds of that ​type usually are: a pygmy ​hippopotamus

Pygmynoun [C]

(also Pigmy)  us   /ˈpɪɡ·mi/
a ​member of one of several ​groups of very ​smallpeople who ​live in ​central Africa
(Definition of pygmy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “pygmy”
in Spanish pigmeo…
in Vietnamese người lùn…
in Malaysian org kerdil…
in Thai คนแคระในทวีปแอฟริกาตอนใต้…
in French pygmée…
in German der Pygmäe, die Pygmäin…
in Chinese (Simplified) (动物或鸟类)体型非常小的…
in Indonesian pigmi…
in Chinese (Traditional) (動物或鳥類)體型非常小的…
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