PRONUNCIATION: (KOM-uh-noot, -nyoot)

MEANING: verb tr. and intr.: To pulverize.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin comminuere, from com- (intensive prefix) + minuere (to lessen). Ultimately from the Indo-European root mei- (small) that also gave us minor, minister, diminish, minimum, menu, mystery, and mince. Earliest documented use: 1626.

COMMINUT - Karl Marx was crazy

COMPMINUTE - my salary is very low

COMMINURE - organic fertilizer, straight from the dairy farm