pigmy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Pigmy any member of various peoples having an average height of less than five feet
    • n pigmy an unusually small individual
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The pigmy shrew a relative of the mole is the smallest mammal in North America. It weighs 1/14 ounce less than a dime.
    • n Pigmy See Pygmy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Pigmy See pygmy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Pigmy Same as Pygmy.
    • n Pigmy one of a fabulous dwarfish race of antiquity: a dwarf: any diminutive thing: one of several pygmy races in equatorial Africa and elsewhere: one of the ancient diminutive dwellers in underground houses, &c., in whom David MacRitchie sees the historical originals of the fairies and elves of folklore
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Quotations

  • Charles Maurice De Talleyrand
    Charles Maurice De Talleyrand
    “Ones reputation is like a shadow, it is gigantic when it precedes you, and a pigmy in proportion when it follows.”
  • Charles Maurice De Talleyrand
    Charles Maurice De Talleyrand
    “The reputation of a man is like his shadow, gigantic when it precedes him, and pigmy in its proportions when it follows.”
  • Winston Churchill
    Winston%20Churchill
    “The eagle has ceased to scream, but the parrots will now begin to chatter. The war of the giants is over and the pigmies will now start to squabble.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. pigme, pygme—L. Pygmæi—Gr. Pygmaioi, the Pygmies, a (Gr.) pygmē—13½ in. long—pygmē, fist.

Usage

In literature:

The word is for pigmies.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
And all the multitudes below seemed mere pigmies to me now.
"The Harbor" by Ernest Poole
A shot came from the group of pigmy figures.
"Astounding Stories, March, 1931" by Various
The long, slim legs closed in around him; like a pigmy guarded by the skeletons of giants he was led quickly away.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science January 1931" by Various
They are twin monsters inherited from intellectual pigmies.
"Men, Women, and Gods" by Helen H. Gardener
Pigmies can only claim pigmy honors.
"Whitman" by John Burroughs
Simon was not a small man himself, but he felt like a pigmy as his hand disappeared into one that opened like a suitcase.
"The Monk of Hambleton" by Armstrong Livingston
The Lord will come and smite the world league in the pitifulness of its gathering and the pigminess of its might.
"Why I Preach the Second Coming" by Isaac Massey Haldeman
But the pigmy was not altogether on parade.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
Once we could boast of giant minds: we have only pigmies now.
"Daisy's Necklace" by Thomas Bailey Aldrich
Clinton was accounted a rich man in his day, but he was a pigmy in that respect compared to Astor.
"History of the Great American Fortunes, Vol. I" by Myers Gustavus
She felt an enormous creature surveying a pigmy world; and yet, mechanically, she resumed her sewing at the point where she had left it.
"Coquette" by Frank Swinnerton
Taken back to the dazzling chamber under the meteor, they were turned over to the pigmies.
"Astounding Stories, July, 1931" by Various
That league existed before the war; but English painters appear to have preferred being pigmies amongst cranes to being artists amongst artists.
"Pot-Boilers" by Clive Bell
There are giants among the weeds, as well as dwarfs and pigmies.
"A Year in the Fields" by John Burroughs
We're over east near the pigmy country, 'stead of being up in the higher country where we ought to be.
"The Blind Lion of the Congo" by Elliott Whitney
After him had come Augustus, a pigmy by comparison, yet otherwise more depraved.
"Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern" by Edgar Saltus
We do not laugh at the pigmy who claims an eight-foot leap; we sneer.
"A Novelist on Novels" by W. L. George
They made no sign that they perceived this blazing pigmy advancing against them.
"The Three Mulla-mulgars" by Walter De La Mare
The Common Spruce, for instance, has given birth to many pigmy forms.
"Trees and Shrubs for English Gardens" by Ernest Thomas Cook
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In poetry:

Where on the slope, with speckled dye
The pigmy herds I scan;
Or soothed, the scattered Chalets spy,
The last abode of man:
"Hymn Written Among The Alps" by Helen Maria Williams
But though in pigmy wanderings dull
I scour the deserts of his skull,
I never find the face, eyes, teeth.
Lowering or laughing underneath.
"Cyclopean" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Waiting is also that island of anguish,
Destined to crush thy proud spirit at last,
Doomed amid pigmy tormentors to languish,
Facing forever its measureless past!
"To The Portrait Of Napoleon, As First Consul" by John Lawson Stoddard
And saw its water break, and saw, in fear,
Its quaking muscles in the act of birth,
Between her legs a pigmy face appear,
And the first murderer lay upon the earth.
"Imperial Adam" by A D Hope
No hunter, desirous to make us his prey,
Invades our lone valley by night or by day;
But green-mantled fairies their merry routs hold,
And fearless the pigmy there hammers its gold.
"Birds Of Passage (From The Swedish)" by George Borrow
And during his travels in Africa he made strange discoveries,
He discovered a dwarfish race of people called pigmies,
Who are said to be the original natives of Africa,
And when Stanley discovered them he was struck with awe.
"A Tribute to Henry M. Stanley" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

If he wills to be a pigmy, a serf or a slave, that shall he be.
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