mini-, minor-, minut-, minu-, min-
(Latin: small, little, less; decline, decrease, diminish; become less, reduce, becoming smaller or shorter)
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A Latin idiom. The French, Italians, and Spanish have an equivalent idiom: "A scalded cat is afraid of cold water." Another similar idiom: "A burned child is afraid of a puff of smoke."