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PICCANINNY, or PICKANINNY, a word applied originally by the negroes of the West Indies to their babies. It is adapted either from Span, pequeno, small, or Port, pequenino, very small. The word spread with the slave trade to America, and has since aeen adopted in Australia and in South Africa.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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