|gall mite harvest mite itch mite See also spider mite Compare tick any of numerous small free-living or parasitic arachnids of the order Acarina (or Acari) that can occur in terrestrial or aquatic habitatsRelated: acaroid|
|[Old English mīte; compare Old High German mīza gnat, Dutch mijt]|
|1.||a very small particle, creature, or object|
|2.||See also widow's mite a very small contribution or sum of money|
|3.||a former Flemish coin of small value|
|4.||informal a mite somewhat: he's a mite foolish|
|[C14: from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch mīte; compare |
mite 1 (mīt)
Any of numerous small or minute arachnids of the order Acarina, certain species of which are parasitic on animals and plants, infest stored food products, and in some cases transmit disease.
|mite (mīt) Pronunciation Key
Any of various very small arachnids of the subclass Acari that often live as parasites on other animals or plants. Like ticks and unlike spiders, mites have no division between the cephalothorax and abdomen.
contraction of minute, from the Latin minutum, the translation of the Greek word lepton, the very smallest bronze of copper coin (Luke 12:59; 21:2). Two mites made one quadrans, i.e., the fourth part of a Roman as, which was in value nearly a halfpenny. (See FARTHING.)