Pusillanimous \pyoo-suh-LAN-uh-muhs\ , adjective;
1. Lacking in courage and resolution; contemptibly fearful; cowardly
This word dates to the late 14th century and comes from Late Latin pusillanimis ("having little courage"), which is from Latin pusillis + animus ("very weak, little" + "spirit, courage"). Pusillis is the diminutive of pullus, or "young animal".
This adjective form was influenced by the noun form pusillanimity, which also dates to the late 14th century but comes via French pusillanimité. Before that the origins are the same.
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