Definition of “pygmy” - English Dictionary

“pygmy” in British English

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pygmyadjective [ before noun ]

also pigmy uk /ˈpɪɡ.mi/ us /ˈpɪɡ.mi/

pygmynoun [ C ]

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

Pygmynoun [ C ]

also Pigmy uk /ˈpɪɡ.mi/ us /ˈpɪɡ.mi/

a member of one of several groups of very small people 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 small people who live in central Africa

(Definition of “pygmy” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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