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Variant of minuscule.
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(ˈmɪn əˌskyul, mɪˈnʌs kyul)

1. very small.
2. (of letters or writing) small; not capital.
3. written in such letters (opposed to majuscule).
4. a minuscule letter.
5. a small cursive script developed in the 7th century A.D. from the uncial, which it afterward superseded.
[1695–1705; < Latin minusculus smallish. See minus, -cule1]
mi•nus′cu•lar, adj.
usage: minuscule, from Latin minus meaning “less,” has frequently come to be spelled miniscule, probably under the influence of the prefix mini- in the sense “of a small size.” Though this spelling occurs frequently in edited writing, it is usually considered an error.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.miniscule - very smallminiscule - very small; "a minuscule kitchen"; "a minuscule amount of rain fell"
little, small - limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent; "a little dining room"; "a little house"; "a small car"; "a little (or small) group"
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also miniscule
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