miniature [min′ē ə chər, min′i chər]
[It miniatura, rubrication, illumination of manuscripts < ML < pp. of L miniare, to paint red < minium, red lead (see MINIUM): sense infl. by L minutus,MINUTE2]
1. a small painting or illuminated letter, as in a medieval manuscript
a) a very small painting, esp. a portrait, done on ivory, vellum, etc.
b) the art of making such paintings
3. a copy or model on a very small scale
on or done on a very small scale; diminutive; minute
in miniature
on a small scale; greatly reduced

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