- a creature or being that is the smallest or least significant.
- Anatomy. the little finger or toe.
Origin of minimus
1580–90; < New Latin, Latin: literally, smallest
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Examples from the Web for minimus
It is called "minimus" because it is the smallest Earth-star.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
That minor and minimus business is rather rotten when you're friends.Explorers of the Dawn
Mazo de la Roche
Specimens from Santa Ysabel, southeastward of Choiseul, are slightly larger than the type and paratypes of minimus.Systematics of Megachiropteran Bats in the Solomon Islands
Carleton J. Phillips
On the shore near old Lulea grew Ranunculus minimus parisiensis (R. reptans).Lachesis Lapponica
Carl von Linn
It can easily be distinguished from minimus by the following features: Size much larger; claws on front feet longer and thicker.The Pocket Gophers (Genus Thomomys) of Utah, Vol. 1 No. 1
Stephen D. Durrant
- (immediately postpositive) British the youngest: sometimes used after the surname of a schoolboy having elder brothers at the same schoolHunt minimus
Word Origin and History for minimus
1580s, from Latin minimus (plural minimi); see minim.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper