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minim (MIN-uhm) noun

1. A unit of fluid measure, as: In the United States, 1/60 of a fluid dram (0.0616 milliliters). In Great Britain, 1/20 of a scruple (0.0592 milliliters).

2. Music. A half note.

3. An insignificantly small portion or thing.

4. A downward vertical stroke in handwriting.

[Middle English, half note, from Medieval Latin minimus, least, from Latin.]

"Streaking the ground with sinuous trace: not all Minims of nature; some of serpent kind, Wondrous in length and corpulence, involved Their snaky folds, and added wings." Milton, John, Paradise Lost: Seventh Book.

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