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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

opuscule

\oh-PUHS-kyool\ , noun;
1.
A small or minor work.
2.
A literary or musical work of small size.
Quotes:
Little by little, with patience and luck and the progressive sharpening of my predatory eye, I found one or another opuscule of his in my used book stores in Oxford and London.
-- Javier Marías, Dark Back of Time
The guide, a mere opuscule of ten pages, is entitled 'The Great Sepulture of the Cappuccini', and is well worth the hundred lire one pays for it.
-- Jocelyn Brooke, The Dog at Clambercrown
Origin:
Opuscule is from the Latin roots opus meaning “work” and cule which is a suffix that implies a diminutive version, as in molecule and fascicle.
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