One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Numismatics. = "minim".
2Anatomy and Zoology. The smallest finger or toe.
In certain British boys' public schools (used as postpositive): designating the youngest or (occasionally) the newest of several pupils with the same surname. Also in extended use. Abbreviated min. or mini.
Early 17th century (in an earlier sense). From classical Latin minimus smallest, least, youngest.
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