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dwarf

  

      n   pl   , dwarfs, dwarves  
1    an abnormally undersized person, esp. one with a large head and short arms and legs  
   Compare       midget  
2   
a    an animal or plant much below the average height for the species  
b    (as modifier)  
a dwarf tree     
3    (in folklore) a small ugly manlike creature, often possessing magical powers  
4      (Astronomy)      short for       dwarf star  
      vb  
5    to become or cause to become comparatively small in size, importance, etc.  
6    tr   to stunt the growth of  
     (Old English dweorg; related to Old Norse dvergr, Old High German twerc)  
  dwarfish      adj  
  dwarfishly      adv  
  dwarfishness      n  


brown dwarf  
      n   a type of celestial body midway in size between a large planet and a small star, thought to be one possible explanation of dark matter in the universe  
dwarf bean  
      n      another name for       French bean  
dwarf chestnut  
      n  
1    the edible nut of the chinquapin tree  
2       another name for       chinquapin       1  
dwarf cornel  
      n   an arctic and subarctic cornaceous plant, Chamaepericlymenum suecicum (or Cornus suecica), having small purple flowers surrounded by petal-like bracts  
dwarf male  
      n   a male animal that is much smaller, and often internally simpler, than its female counterpart. Dwarf males are commonly carried by the female, as in species of angler fish  
dwarf mallow  
      n   a European malvaceous plant, Malva neglecta (or M. rotundifolia), having rounded leaves and small pinkish-white flowers  
dwarf star  
      n   any unevolved star, such as the sun, lying in the main sequence of the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram,   (Also called)    main-sequence star      See also       red dwarf       white dwarf  
red dwarf  
      n   one of a class of small cool main-sequence stars  
white dwarf  
      n   one of a large class of small faint stars of enormous density (on average 108 kg/m3) known to cause an Einstein shift of spectral lines. It is thought to mark the final stage in the evolution of a sun-like star  
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dwarf

  

      n  
1    bantam, homunculus, hop-o'-my-thumb, Lilliputian, manikin, midget, munchkin     (informal, chiefly U.S.)   pygmy or pigmy, Tom Thumb  
2    gnome, goblin  
      adj  
3    baby, bonsai, diminutive, dwarfed, Lilliputian, miniature, petite, pint-sized, pocket, small, teensy-weensy, teeny-weeny, tiny, undersized  
      vb  
4    dim, diminish, dominate, minimize, overshadow, tower above or over  
5    check, cultivate by bonsai, lower, retard, stunt  

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Poison Dwarf n.
Poisonously vicious person in position of power who is not immediately identified as such. Both sexes. Euphemism.

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