from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as semiminim.
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This clumsy terminology goes back to the days of plain chant, with its longa, brevis, semi-brevis, minima and semiminima.
The rest to correspond to the _semiminima_ was [illustration]; for the _semibrevis_
As still smaller units of value were added, the _semiminima_ was replaced by [filled minima], and the half _semiminima_ thus became [minima with tail], and the next smaller values,