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(adj.) Cowardly; lacking courage or resolution; faint-hearted; timid

It's from Latin "pusillanimis," meaning "petty-spirited" (a combination of "pusillus" meaning "very small, petty" and "animus," meaning "spirit").

Its noun form, "pusillanimity" means "timidity" or "cowardliness."

"Why, anybody can have a brain. That's a very mediocre commodity. Every pusillanimous creature that crawls on the earth -- or slinks through slimy seas has a brain!"
-- The Wizard of Oz to the Scarecrow, from the script of the 1939 film classic, "The Wizard of Oz."

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