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  • PVB (chemical compound)

    polyvinyl alcohol: …be made into the resins polyvinyl butyral (PVB) and polyvinyl formal (PVF). PVB, a tough, clear, adhesive, and water-resistant plastic film, is widely used in laminated safety glass, primarily for automobiles. PVF is used in wire insulation.

  • PVC (chemical compound)

    Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a synthetic resin made from the polymerization of vinyl chloride. Second only to polyethylene among the plastics in production and consumption, PVC is used in an enormous range of domestic and industrial products, from raincoats and shower curtains to window frames and

  • PVD (technology)

    advanced ceramics: Film deposition: …by such advanced techniques as physical vapour deposition (PVD) and chemical vapour deposition (CVD). PVD methods include laser ablation, in which a high-energy laser blasts material from a target and through a vapour to a substrate, where the material is deposited. Another PVD approach involves sputtering, in which energetic electrons…

  • PVDC (chemical compound)

    Polyvinylidene chloride (PVDC), a synthetic resin produced by the polymerization of vinylidene chloride. It is used principally in clear, flexible, and impermeable plastic food wrap. Vinylidene chloride (CH2=CCl2), a clear, colourless, toxic liquid, is obtained from trichloroethane (CH2=CHCl3)

  • PVDF (chemical compound)

    Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF), a synthetic resin produced by the polymerization of vinylidene fluoride (CH2=CF2). A tough plastic that is resistant to flame, electricity, and attack by most chemicals, PVDF is injection-molded into bottles for the chemical industry and extruded as a film for

  • PVEM (political party, Mexico)

    Mexico: Peña Nieto and the return of PRI rule: …election), and its ally, the Mexican Green Ecologist Party (Partido Verde Ecologista de México; PVEM), which captured about 7 percent, were poised to command a solid majority in the 500-seat Chamber of Deputies. Beyond the PRI’s triumph, the biggest story of the election was the victory of independent candidate Jaime…

  • PVF (chemical compound)

    Polyvinyl fluoride (PVF), a synthetic resin produced by polymerizing vinyl fluoride (CH2=CHF) under pressure in the presence of catalysts. A tough, transparent plastic resistant to attack by chemicals or by weathering, it is commonly manufactured in the form of a film and applied as a protective

  • PVF (chemical compound)

    major industrial polymers: Polyvinyl acetate (PVAc): Polyvinyl butyral (PVB) and polyvinyl formal (PVF) are manufactured from PVA by reaction with butyraldehyde (CH3CH2CH2CHO) and formaldehyde (CH2O), respectively. PVB is employed as a plastic film in laminated safety glass, primarily for automobiles. PVF is used in wire insulation.

  • PVV (political party, Belgium)

    Guy Verhofstadt: …of the PVV to the Liberal and Democratic Flemish Party (VLD) in hopes of attracting more centrist voters. In 1997 he was reelected as president of the VLD. In elections in 1999 the VLD defeated Prime Minister Jean-Luc Dehaene’s centre-left coalition, and Verhofstadt became the first liberal prime minister of…

  • PVV (political party, Netherlands)

    Euroskepticism: The emergence of Euroskeptic parties: … in France and the Dutch Party for Freedom (Partij voor de Vrijheid; PVV). Although the National Front and the PVV were known primarily for promoting anti-immigration and anti-Islamic policies, both were quick to capitalize on populist sentiment in the wake of the euro-zone debt crisis. In November 2013 National Front…

  • PW (international law)

    Prisoner of war (POW), any person captured or interned by a belligerent power during war. In the strictest sense it is applied only to members of regularly organized armed forces, but by broader definition it has also included guerrillas, civilians who take up arms against an enemy openly, or

  • PWA (United States history)

    Public Works Administration (PWA), in U.S. history, New Deal government agency (1933–39) designed to reduce unemployment and increase purchasing power through the construction of highways and public buildings. Authorized by the National Industrial Recovery Act (June 1933), the Public Works

  • PWAP (United States federal arts project)

    Public Works of Art Project (PWAP), first of the U.S. federal art programs conceived as part of the New Deal during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Its purpose was to prove the feasibility of government patronage. It was organized in December 1933 within the Department of the Treasury with funds

  • pwe (Myanmar theatre)

    Myanmar: Cultural life: …popular dramatic form is the pwe, which is performed outdoors. There are a variety of pwe genres, including both human and puppet theatre, and most draw subject matter from the Jataka tales—stories of the former lives of the Buddha.

  • Pwo language

    Karen languages: …(including Pwo and Sgaw); only Pwo and Sgaw of the southern group have written forms.

  • PWR (nuclear energy)

    nuclear reactor: PWRs and BWRs: …are two basic types: the pressurized-water reactor (PWR) and the boiling-water reactor (BWR). In the PWR, water at high pressure and temperature removes heat from the core and is transported to a steam generator. There the heat from the primary loop is transferred to a lower-pressure secondary loop also containing…

  • PWS (genetic disorder)

    Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS), a rare human genetic disorder characterized by weak muscle tone at birth, small stature, intellectual disabilities, overeating leading to childhood obesity, and high rates of morbidity and mortality. PWS arises from the deletion or disruption of genes in a particular

  • PWV area (metropolitan area, South Africa)

    South Africa: Urban settlement: …far the largest is the Pretoria-Witwatersrand-Vereeniging complex; centred on Johannesburg, it radiates about 45 miles (70 km) in each direction and is now mostly in Gauteng province. Other urban concentrations are centred on Durban, Cape Town, and the Port Elizabeth–Uitenhage area. The main centres in these metropolitan areas offer the…

  • Pwyll (Celtic mythology)

    Pwyll, in Celtic mythology, king of Dyfed, a beautiful land containing a magic caldron of plenty. He became a friend of Arawn, king of Annwn (the underworld), and exchanged shapes and kingdoms with him for a year and a day, thus gaining the name Pwyll Pen Annwn (“Head of Annwn”). With the aid of

  • Pwyll Pen Annwn (Celtic mythology)

    Pwyll, in Celtic mythology, king of Dyfed, a beautiful land containing a magic caldron of plenty. He became a friend of Arawn, king of Annwn (the underworld), and exchanged shapes and kingdoms with him for a year and a day, thus gaining the name Pwyll Pen Annwn (“Head of Annwn”). With the aid of

  • Pwyll Pendefig Dyfed (Welsh literature)

    The Four Branches of the Mabinogi: Pwyll Pendefig Dyfed (“Pwyll Prince of Dyfed”) describes Pwyll’s wooing of a fairy princess, Rhiannon, and Rhiannon’s loss and recovery of their child Pryderi, whom she is falsely accused of murdering after he is supernaturally abducted on the night of his birth. Branwen ferch Llŷr…

  • pya zat (drama)

    Southeast Asian arts: Burma: …a new type of drama, pya zat, that mixed royalty and commoners, emphasized humour, and added songs to appeal to a popular city audience. Hundreds of these works were published. Popular troupes in contemporary Myanmar perform a long bill of attractions that lasts most of the night. It comprises songs…

  • Pyandzh River (river, Asia)

    Panj River, headstream of the Amu Darya in Central Asia. It is 700 miles (1,125 km) long and constitutes part of the border between Afghanistan and Tajikistan. The Panj River is formed between the Hindu Kush and the Pamir Mountains by the junction of the Vākhān River and the Pamir River along the

  • Pyanepsia (Greek festival)

    Pyanopsia, in ancient Greek religion, a festival in honour of Apollo, held at Athens on the seventh day of the month of Pyanopsion (October). The festival’s rites incorporated remnants of rustic magic, including two offerings, consisting of a hodgepodge of pulse (edible seeds) and a branch of

  • Pyanopsia (Greek festival)

    Pyanopsia, in ancient Greek religion, a festival in honour of Apollo, held at Athens on the seventh day of the month of Pyanopsion (October). The festival’s rites incorporated remnants of rustic magic, including two offerings, consisting of a hodgepodge of pulse (edible seeds) and a branch of

  • Pyany Byk (ravine, Russia)
  • Pyapon (Myanmar)

    Pyapon, town, southern Myanmar (Burma). It lies along the Pyapon River, 45 miles (72 km) southwest of Yangon (Rangoon). It is a rice-collecting centre and the site of a diesel electric plant. The surrounding area, part of the Irrawaddy River delta, is drained by the Pyapon and Bogale

  • Pyarnu (Estonia)

    Pärnu, city, Estonia, at the mouth of the Pärnu River on Pärnu Bay of the Gulf of Riga. First mentioned in 1251 as a member of the Hanseatic League, Pärnu was successively controlled by the Teutonic Knights, the Poles, the Swedes, and the Russians. It is now significant as an Estonian port, holiday

  • Pyat, Aimé-Félix (French journalist and politician)

    Félix Pyat, French journalist, dramatist, and member of the Paris Commune of 1871. Pyat studied law but eventually quit the bar in order to pursue a career as a radical journalist. He carried on a literary war against Romanticism, condemning it as “reactionary,” and wrote a number of plays. During

  • Pyat, Félix (French journalist and politician)

    Félix Pyat, French journalist, dramatist, and member of the Paris Commune of 1871. Pyat studied law but eventually quit the bar in order to pursue a career as a radical journalist. He carried on a literary war against Romanticism, condemning it as “reactionary,” and wrote a number of plays. During

  • Pyatakov, Georgy Leonidovich (Soviet official)

    Georgy Leonidovich Pyatakov, Old Bolshevik economist who held prominent administrative posts in the Soviet government during the 1920s and ’30s. He was a victim of Joseph Stalin’s Great Purge. Pyatakov became involved in revolutionary activities while he was in secondary school, and he joined the

  • Pyatigorsk (Russia)

    Pyatigorsk, city, Stavropol kray (territory), southwestern Russia. It lies along the Podkumok River in the northern foothills of the Caucasus Mountains. It has long been a spa famous for its gentle climate and mineral springs. In 2010 it was named the capital of the newly created North Caucasus

  • Pyay (Myanmar)

    Pyay, town, southern Myanmar (Burma), on the Irrawaddy River. It is a trading centre and the site of a diesel electric plant. The name Prome is a mispronunciation of the town’s Burmese name by non-Burmese natives and the British; it has become so conventional as to be virtually official. The

  • Pycnanthemum (plant)

    mint: …the genus Pycnanthemum are called mountain mints; catnip (Nepeta cataria) is also known as catmint; dittany (Cunila origanoides) is called stonemint; and plants of the Australian genus Prostanthera are called mint bushes.

  • pycnidia (biology)

    Pycnidium, variable and complex flask-shaped asexual reproductive structure, or fruiting body, in fungi (kingdom Fungi) of the phylum Ascomycota; also a male sex-cell-producing organ in the order Uredinales (rust fungi). It bears spores (conidia) variously known as pycnidiospores, oidia, or

  • pycnidiospore (fungal structure)

    fungus: Form and function of lichens: …(male fungal sex cells) or pycnidiospores; it is not certain that these structures have the ability to germinate and develop into a fungal colony. Few lichen fungi produce conidia, a type of asexual spore common among ascomycetes.

  • pycnidium (biology)

    Pycnidium, variable and complex flask-shaped asexual reproductive structure, or fruiting body, in fungi (kingdom Fungi) of the phylum Ascomycota; also a male sex-cell-producing organ in the order Uredinales (rust fungi). It bears spores (conidia) variously known as pycnidiospores, oidia, or

  • pycnocline (oceanography)

    Pycnocline, in oceanography, boundary separating two liquid layers of different densities. In oceans a large density difference between surface waters (or upper 100 metres [330 feet]) and deep ocean water effectively prevents vertical currents; the one exception is in polar regions where pycnocline

  • Pycnodontiformes (fossil fish order)

    Pycnodontiformes, order of extinct fishes of the class Actinopterygii, containing the genus Pycnodus, common in the Jurassic seas of 200 million to 146 million years ago. Pycnodus is typical of pycnodonts, which were characterized by deep, narrow bodies that were very circular in outline in side

  • pycnogonid (arthropod class, Pycnogonida)

    Sea spider, any of the spiderlike marine animals comprising the class Pycnogonida (also called Pantopoda) of the phylum Arthropoda. Sea spiders walk about on the ocean bottom on their slender legs or crawl among plants and animals; some may tread water. Most pycnogonids have four pairs of long l

  • Pycnogonida (arthropod class, Pycnogonida)

    Sea spider, any of the spiderlike marine animals comprising the class Pycnogonida (also called Pantopoda) of the phylum Arthropoda. Sea spiders walk about on the ocean bottom on their slender legs or crawl among plants and animals; some may tread water. Most pycnogonids have four pairs of long l

  • pycnometer (instrument)

    chemical analysis: Density measurements: …instruments called density meters or pycnometers.

  • Pycnonotidae (bird)

    Bulbul, any of about 140 species of birds of the family Pycnonotidae (order Passeriformes) of Africa and Asia, including some called greenbuls and brownbuls. Members range in size from 14 to 28 cm (5.5 to 11 inches) long. They are active, noisy, plain-coloured birds that sometimes damage orchards.

  • Pycnopodia helianthoides (echinoderm)

    sea star: The many-rayed sunflower sea star (Pycnopodia helianthoides) of Alaska to California has 15 to 24 arms and is often 60 cm (24 inches) across. Heliaster, a broad-disked, short-rayed genus of the western coast of Central America, may have as many as 50.

  • Pydna, Battle of (ancient Roman history)

    Battle of Pydna, (June 22, 168 bce), decisive military engagement in the Roman victory over Macedonia in the Third Macedonian War. The Roman general Lucius Aemilius Paullus, by means of adroit tactical maneuvering, enticed the Macedonian king Perseus from his impregnable position on the Elpeus

  • Pyè (Myanmar)

    Pyay, town, southern Myanmar (Burma), on the Irrawaddy River. It is a trading centre and the site of a diesel electric plant. The name Prome is a mispronunciation of the town’s Burmese name by non-Burmese natives and the British; it has become so conventional as to be virtually official. The

  • Pye, Henry James (British poet)

    Henry James Pye, British poet laureate from 1790 to 1813. Pye was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford (M.A., 1766), served in Parliament from 1784 to 1790, and became a police magistrate. Fancying himself a poet, he published many volumes of verse; he was made poet laureate in 1790, perhaps as a

  • Pye, Lucian (American political scientist)

    political culture: American political scientist Lucian Pye defined political culture as the composite of basic values, feelings, and knowledge that underlie the political process. Hence, the building blocks of political culture are the beliefs, opinions, and emotions of the citizens toward their form of government.

  • pyelogram (medicine)

    urography: Specific types of urography include pyelography (examination of the kidney and ureter) and cystography (examination of the bladder). Motion-picture “voiding cystograms” provide evidence of gross reflux of urine into the ureters and pelvis of the kidney during voiding.

  • pyelography (medicine)

    urography: Specific types of urography include pyelography (examination of the kidney and ureter) and cystography (examination of the bladder). Motion-picture “voiding cystograms” provide evidence of gross reflux of urine into the ureters and pelvis of the kidney during voiding.

  • pyelonephritis (pathology)

    Pyelonephritis, infection and inflammation of the kidney tissue and the renal pelvis (the cavity formed by the expansion of the upper end of the ureter, the tube that conveys urine to the bladder). The infection is usually bacterial. The most common type of renal disorder, pyelonephritis may be

  • Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games

    Marit Bjørgen: At the 2018 Winter Games in P’yŏngch’ang, South Korea, Bjørgen won the 30-km and 4 × 5-km relay golds as well as one silver and two bronze medals to bring her lifetime Olympic medal total to 15, the most ever for any Winter Olympian. In April 2018…

  • Pygathrix (primate)

    Douc, (genus Pygathrix), any of three colourful species of langur monkeys found in the tropical forests of central and southern Vietnam, southern Laos, and northeastern Cambodia. Doucs are among the most strikingly coloured primates. The head is brownish, but the body appears blue-gray owing to

  • Pygathrix cinerea (primate)

    douc: …1990s a third species, the gray-legged douc (P. cinerea), was discovered in Vietnam in a few isolated forests around 14° N.

  • Pygathrix nemaeus (primate)

    douc: The red-legged douc (P. nemaeus) lives from 14° to 20° N latitude. The legs are maroon below the knees, and the forearms are white. The black-shanked douc (P. nigripes) is found south of 14° N and has black legs, gray arms, and a darker face. The…

  • Pygathrix nigripes (primate)

    douc: The black-shanked douc (P. nigripes) is found south of 14° N and has black legs, gray arms, and a darker face. The ranges of the two species overlap, apparently with very little interbreeding, in the Southern Highlands of Vietnam. In the 1990s a third species, the…

  • Pygge, Edward (British author and critic)

    Julian Barnes, British critic and author of inventive and intellectual novels about obsessed characters curious about the past. Barnes attended Magdalen College, Oxford (B.A., 1968), and began contributing reviews to the Times Literary Supplement in the 1970s while publishing thrillers under his

  • Pygmalion (film by Asquith and Howard [1938])

    Henry Higgins: The story was filmed in 1938, starring Leslie Howard as Henry Higgins, and was adapted as the stage musical My Fair Lady in 1956 (filmed 1964), with Rex Harrison as the professor (on both stage and screen).

  • Pygmalion (play by Shaw)

    Pygmalion, romance in five acts by George Bernard Shaw, produced in German in 1913 in Vienna. It was performed in England in 1914, with Mrs. Patrick Campbell as Eliza Doolittle. The play is a humane comedy about love and the English class system. Henry Higgins, a phonetician, accepts a bet that

  • Pygmalion (opera by Rameau)

    Jean-Philippe Rameau: …he tossed off the masterpiece Pygmalion in eight days and had six other operas on the boards, through 1754, when he wrote La Naissance d’Osiris (“The Birth of Osiris”) for the birth of the future Louis XVI. Thereafter, his fame diminished, as the prevailing musical style became what is now…

  • Pygmalion (ballet by Sallé)

    Western dance: Varieties of the ballet: …miniature dance-drama of her own, Pygmalion (1734). In it she appeared in a flimsy muslin dress and loose, flowing hair rather than the heavy costumes and elaborate wigs usually worn by ballerinas. Thus lightened, the dancer was able to move with much greater freedom.

  • Pygmalion (Greek mythology)

    Pygmalion, in Greek mythology, a king who was the father of Metharme and, through her marriage to Cinyras, the grandfather of Adonis, according to Apollodorus of Athens. The Roman poet Ovid, in his Metamorphoses, Book X, relates that Pygmalion, a sculptor, makes an ivory statue representing his

  • Pygmalion (work by Benda)

    Georg Benda: …Naxos, Medea (both 1775), and Pygmalion (1779), in which an orchestral accompaniment was provided for the action and spoken words. Benda also wrote several Singspiele (“song-plays”), of which the most famous were Der Dorfjahrmarkt (1775; “The Village Fair”) and Romeo und Julie (1776). Benda’s work influenced later composers, notably W.A.…

  • pygmoid (people)

    Pygmy: …slightly taller group is termed pygmoid.

  • Pygmy (people)

    Pygmy, in anthropology, member of any human group whose adult males grow to less than 59 inches (150 cm) in average height. A member of a slightly taller group is termed pygmoid. The best-known Pygmy groups and those to whom the term is most commonly applied are the Pygmies of tropical Africa;

  • pygmy anomalure (rodent)

    anomalure: Large and pygmy anomalures are nocturnal and nest in hollow trees, entering and exiting through holes located at various heights along the trunk. Colonies of up to 100 pygmy anomalures live in some trees. Large anomalures gnaw bark and then lick the exuding sap; they also eat…

  • pygmy anteater (mammal)

    anteater: The silky anteater: Also known as the two-toed, pygmy, or dwarf anteater, the silky anteater (Cyclopes didactylus) is the smallest and least-known member of the family. The silky anteater is found from southern Mexico southward to Bolivia and Brazil. It is not rare but is difficult…

  • pygmy beaked whale (mammal)

    beaked whale: Natural history: …feet) for the dwarf, or pygmy, beaked whale (Mesoplodon peruvianus) to nearly 13 metres (42.7 feet) for the giant bottlenose whale (Berardius bairdii), these mammals weigh between 1,000 and 14,000 kg (2,200 and 31,000 pounds). Colour is variable but usually consists of some combination of gray or black with white.…

  • pygmy chimpanzee (primate)

    Bonobo, (Pan paniscus), ape that was regarded as a subspecies of the chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) until 1933, when it was first classified separately. The bonobo is found only in lowland rainforests along the south bank of the Congo River in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Closely resembling

  • pygmy corydoras (fish)

    corydoras: …patch on its body; the dwarf, or pygmy, corydoras (C. hastatus), an active, 4-centimetre-long species with a black band on each side; the leopard corydoras (C. julii), a silvery catfish patterned in black with stripes, short lines, and numerous small spots; and the peppered corydoras (C. paleatus), a pale, yellowish…

  • pygmy crake (bird)

    crake: Pygmy crakes (Sarothrura species), about 14 cm (6 inches) long, are very secretive, inhabiting swampy African forests. Other New World crakes are the several species of Laterallus (including the black rail, L. jamaicensis) and several related genera.

  • pygmy date (plant)

    houseplant: Trees: The pygmy date (Phoenix roebelenii), a compact palm with gracefully arching, dark-green leaves, is an excellent houseplant if kept warm and moist.

  • pygmy flowerpecker (bird)

    flowerpecker: The pygmy flowerpecker (D. pygmeum) of the Philippines is only about 6 cm (2 inches) long. The largest flowerpeckers are only about 23 cm (9 inches) in total length.

  • pygmy glider (marsupial)

    Feathertail, small marsupial mammal, a species of glider

  • pygmy goby (fish)

    goby: …long or less; the Philippine Pandaka pygmaea, one of the smallest living vertebrates, grows no longer than about 13 millimetres (38 inch).

  • pygmy goose (bird)

    anseriform: Anatomy: The little pygmy geese (Nettapus species) are so called for their gooselike bills, but they actually feed on lotus seeds and water vegetation and neither graze nor root for food. The European widgeon (Anas penelope), on the other hand, grazes extensively, but its bill differs little from the typical…

  • pygmy grasshopper (insect)

    Pygmy grasshopper, (family Tetrigidae), any of about 1,400 species of insects (order Orthoptera) that are small (about 15 mm [0.6 inch] long), brown, gray, or moss-green, and related to true grasshoppers. However, the pygmy grasshopper has the forewings either reduced to small pads or absent. In

  • pygmy hippopotamus (mammal)

    hippopotamus: Pygmy hippopotamus: The rare pygmy hippopotamus (Hexaprotodon liberiensis, also known as Choeropsis liberiensis), the other living species of the family Hippopotamidae, is about the size of a domestic pig. The pygmy hippo is less aquatic than its larger relative, although, when pursued, it hides in water. Less gregarious, it…

  • pygmy locust (insect)

    Pygmy grasshopper, (family Tetrigidae), any of about 1,400 species of insects (order Orthoptera) that are small (about 15 mm [0.6 inch] long), brown, gray, or moss-green, and related to true grasshoppers. However, the pygmy grasshopper has the forewings either reduced to small pads or absent. In

  • pygmy marmoset (monkey)

    marmoset: The pygmy marmoset (C. pygmaea) is the smallest “true” marmoset and lives in the rainforests of the Amazon River’s upper tributaries. The length of the head and body of the pygmy marmoset is about 14 cm (6 inches), and the tail is somewhat longer. Adults weigh…

  • pygmy mole cricket (insect)

    Pygmy sand cricket, any member of the orthopteran family Tridactylidae of about 60 species that often inhabits moist sandy surfaces near a lake or stream. Tridactylidae have forelegs, modified for digging, that resemble those of a mole. Adult pygmy sand crickets are up to 10 mm (about 0.4 inch) l

  • pygmy mouse (rodent)

    mouse: General features: The smallest is probably the pygmy mouse (M. minutoides) of sub-Saharan Africa, weighing 3 to 12 grams (0.11 to 0.42 ounce), with a body 6 to 8 cm (2.3 to 3.1 inches) long and a short tail of 3 to 6 cm (1.2 to 2.3 inches).

  • pygmy owl (bird)

    Pygmy owl, any of about 12 species of small owls in the family Strigidae. They are distributed through parts of North and South America and include several African and Southeast Asian species called owlets. Pygmy owls are only about 20 cm (8 inches) long. Often active during the day, these owls

  • pygmy parrot (bird)

    parrot: The pygmy parrots of the subfamily Micropsittinae all belong to the genus Micropsitta. The six species are endemic to New Guinea and nearby islands. These are the smallest members of the family. They live in forests, where they eat insects and fungi.

  • pygmy pine (plant)

    conifer: Diversity of size and structure: Other conifers, such as the pygmy pine (Lepidothamnus laxifolius) of New Zealand, the smallest conifer, are always shrubby and may mature as shorter plants (less than 8 centimetres [3.15 inches] in height) than the pygmy cypress, but with greater spread.

  • pygmy rabbit (mammal)

    rabbit: The smallest is the pygmy rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis), at only 20 cm (7.9 inches) in length and 0.4 kg (0.9 pound) in weight, while the largest grow to 50 cm (19.7 inches) and more than 2 kg (4.4 pounds). The fur is generally long and soft, and its colour…

  • pygmy rattler (snake)

    rattlesnake: catenatus) and pygmy rattler (S. miliarius). These rattlesnakes have nine large scales on the upper surface of their heads.

  • pygmy rice rat (rodent)

    rice rat: …small rice rats (Microryzomys), and pygmy rice rats (Oligoryzomys), among others. All belong to the subfamily Sigmodontinae of the “true” mouse and rat family Muridae within the order Rodentia.

  • pygmy right whale (mammal)

    Antarctica: Sea life: The pygmy right whale is endemic to Antarctic and subantarctic waters. The killer whale, one of the most intelligent of marine animals, hunts in packs and feeds on larger animals, such as fish, penguins and other aquatic birds, seals, dolphins, and other whales. Despite its name,…

  • pygmy sand cricket (insect)

    Pygmy sand cricket, any member of the orthopteran family Tridactylidae of about 60 species that often inhabits moist sandy surfaces near a lake or stream. Tridactylidae have forelegs, modified for digging, that resemble those of a mole. Adult pygmy sand crickets are up to 10 mm (about 0.4 inch) l

  • pygmy seedsnipe (bird)

    seedsnipe: …is the least, pygmy, or Patagonian seedsnipe (Thinocorus rumicivorus). It covers its eggs with sand when it leaves the nest. The largest (about 30 cm, or 12 in.) is Gay’s seedsnipe (Attagis gayi), which nests high in the Andes.

  • pygmy sloth (mammal)

    sloth: Three-toed sloths: …of southeastern Brazil; and the pygmy three-toed sloth (B. pygmaeus) inhabits the Isla Escudo de Veraguas, a small Caribbean island off the northwestern coast of Panama.

  • pygmy slow loris (primate)

    loris: The smallest species (N. pygmaeus), restricted to forests east of the Mekong River, is about 25 cm long; the larger N. coucang and its relatives, widespread in Southeast Asia, are about 27–37 cm (about 11–15 inches) long. Slow lorises move more slowly than slender lorises; they feed on…

  • pygmy sperm whale (mammal)

    sperm whale: The pygmy and dwarf sperm whales (Kogia breviceps and K. simus) are the only other members of the family Physeteridae. These little-known dolphinlike whales are gray above and white below, and they are quite small—about 2.5 to 4 metres (8 to 13 feet) long. They are…

  • pygmy spotted skunk (mammal)

    skunk: …smallest skunks except for the pygmy spotted skunk (S. pygmaea), which can fit in a person’s hand.

  • pygmy sunfish

    perciform: Annotated classification: Family Elassomatidae (pygmy sunfishes) Once classified in the Centrarchidae; recent studies shed doubt on the close relationships of pygmy sunfishes to that family. Freshwater, eastern United States. 1 genus, Elassoma, with 6 species. Suborder Labroidei 6 families, about 2,274 species. Family Cichlidae (

  • pygmy swiftlet (bird)

    apodiform: Size range and diversity of structure: …such tiny species as the pigmy swiftlet (Collocalia troglodytes) of the Philippines weighs only 5 grams (0.2 ounce), whereas some of the large and powerful members of the Old World genus Apus are 30 times heavier. Beyond the size differences, the most obvious morphological variation among swifts is in the…

  • pygmy three-toed sloth (mammal)

    sloth: Three-toed sloths: …of southeastern Brazil; and the pygmy three-toed sloth (B. pygmaeus) inhabits the Isla Escudo de Veraguas, a small Caribbean island off the northwestern coast of Panama.

  • pygmy tit (bird)

    Aegithalidae: …world’s tiniest birds is the pygmy tit (Psaltria exilis) of Java, with head and body length of 7 cm.

  • pygmy tree shrew (mammal)

    tree shrew: …the smaller species is the pygmy tree shrew (T. minor) of Malaysia, with a body 11 to 14 cm long and a longer tail (13 to 16 cm). Their dense fur is soft or slightly harsh. The upperparts of most species are olive to reddish brown in colour and speckled…

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