miniature


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miniature

much smaller in size than normal animals of the species, but with normal proportions. Animals born prematurely are miniatures but show evidence of prematurity in their haircoat, unerupted teeth and immature hooves. A nonviable form of miniaturism in calves with these characteristics is thought to be inherited. See also dwarfism.

miniature dog breeds
several dog breeds or varieties which are specified as miniatures, usually in contrast to a larger variety with similar characteristics except for size. They include the Miniature schnauzer, Miniature bull terrier, Miniature poodle, Miniature dachshund and miniature pinscher.
miniature endplate potentials
the steady release of acetylcholine from the nerve terminal, which results in subthreshold responses.
miniature pig
see miniature pig.
References in classic literature ?
Pointing to the miniature of the man within the locket he handed the photograph to Jane, holding the open locket beside it.
The girl pointed to the photograph and then to the miniature and then to him, as though to indicate that she thought the likenesses were of him, but he only shook his head, and then shrugging his great shoulders, he took the photograph from her and having carefully rewrapped it, placed it again in the bottom of his quiver.
She seems to have put aside the miniature, and is standing again before the toilet-glass.
So saying he drew forth the miniature from under his wing.
Its arms were fully as slender as its legs, and upon a rather long neck was perched its head -- not unlike the head of a man, except that its nose ended in a curling antenna, or "feeler," and its ears from the upper points bore antennae that decorated the sides of its head like two miniature, curling pig tails.
I thought miniature painting on ivory was a lost art.
The bow-window looked down the avenue of limes; the furniture was all of a faded blue, and there were miniatures of ladies and gentlemen with powdered hair hanging in a group.
I have no money to throw away on miniatures, ma'am, and nobody to give one to (thank God) if I had.
Below this picture was a miniature of William; and my tears flowed when I looked upon it.
And that," said Mrs Reynolds, pointing to another of the miniatures, "is my master-- and very like him.
Even Scoresby, the justly renowned Right whaleman, after giving us a stiff full length of the Greenland whale, and three or four delicate miniatures of narwhales and porpoises, treats us to a series of classical engravings of boat hooks, chopping knives, and grapnels; and with the microscopic diligence of a Leuwenhoeck submits to the inspection of a shivering world ninety-six fac-similes of magnified Arctic snow crystals.
Indeed, I recognised it as being of a Parisian design as yet little known in England; while on the tops of the stockings I laughingly suspected a border designed by a certain eccentric artist, who devotes his strange gifts to decorating with fascinating miniatures the under-world of woman.

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