One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
with object To colour or paint with vermilion; to rubricate or (in extended use) to illuminate (a manuscript); (poetic) to impart a red colour or tinge to. Usually in pa. pple.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Blount (1618–1679), antiquary and lexicographer. From classical Latin miniāt-, past participial stem of miniāre to colour red with cinnabar (in post-classical Latin also to rubricate) from minium.
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