Etymology
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minutia (n.)

"a small particular or detail, a trivial fact," 1751, usually in plural minutiae, from Latin minutia "smallness" (plural minutiae, in Late Latin "trifles"), from minutus "small" (from PIE root *mei- (2) "small").

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minish (v.)

mid-14c., minishen, "to lessen, diminish, make smaller," from Old French menusier, from Medieval Latin *minutiare, from Latin minutia "smallness" (see minutia). Now obsolete or archaic. Related: Minishing; minishment.

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