transitive verb
min·​i·​ate | \ˈminēˌāt\

Definition of miniate 

1 : to paint with red lead or vermilion

2a : to decorate (as a manuscript) with letters or the like painted red : rubricate

b : illuminate sense 4

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History and Etymology for miniate

Latin miniatus, past participle of miniare to color with cinnabar or red lead, from minium cinnabar, red lead

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