A small, dim galaxy, intermediate in size between a regular galaxy and a globular cluster. Like larger galaxies, dwarf galaxies are classified as elliptical, spiral, or irregular based on their shape. The closest known galaxy to the Milky Way is a dwarf galaxy in Canis Major that is believed to be losing stars to ours. Many astronomers think that most of the large galaxies seen today were formed either by collisions of dwarf galaxies, which formed first in the aftermath of the Big Bang, or by larger galaxies attracting material away from dwarf galaxies.
noun 1. a plant, Panax trifolius, of eastern North America, having globe-shaped clusters of small, white flowers and yellow fruit.
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[dwawr-fish] /ˈdwɔr fɪʃ/ adjective 1. like a , especially in being abnormally small; diminutive. adj. 1560s, from dwarf (n.) + -ish. Related: Dwarfishly; dwarfishness.
[dwawr-fiz-uh m] /ˈdwɔr fɪz əm/ noun, Medicine/Medical. 1. the condition of being a or . /ˈdwɔːfɪzəm/ noun 1. the condition of being a dwarf dwarfism dwarf·ism (dwôr’fĭz’əm) n. A pathological condition of arrested growth having various causes. Also called nanism. dwarfism (dwôr’fĭz’əm) Abnormally short stature, usually caused by a hereditary disorder.