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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Definitions for opuscule

  1. a small or minor work.
  2. a literary or musical work of small size.

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Citations for opuscule
Its proprietor was William Heckler, who had already achieved fame in his chosen profession and who had written some 10 years earlier his opuscule on the peregrinations of trained fleas, ''Pulicology.'' Ricky Jay, "Times Square at 100; Please Don't Squash the Actors," New York Times, June 13, 2004
Books were arranged by size and subject: quarto with quarto, folio with folio, mechanical opuscule with mechanical opuscule. Allen Kurzweil, A Case of Curiosities, 1992
Origin of opuscule
1650-1660
Opuscule entered English in the mid-1500s from French; it derives further from the Latin noun opusculum "a small work," a diminutive of opus "work."