mite

1 [mahyt]
noun
any of numerous small to microscopic arachnids of the subclass Acari, including species that are parasitic on animals and plants or that feed on decaying matter and stored foods.
Also called acarid.


Origin:
before 1000; Middle English myte, Old English mīte; cognate with Middle Dutch mīte, Old High German miza midge

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mite

2 [mahyt]
noun
1.
a contribution that is small but is all that a person can afford.
2.
a very small sum of money.
3.
a coin of very small value.
4.
a very small object.
5.
a very small creature.
adverb
6.
to a small extent; somewhat (often preceded by a ): a mite selfish.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English myte < Middle Dutch mīte small copper coin; ultimately identical with mite1

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mite1 (maɪt)
 
n
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
 
Related: acaroid
 
[Old English mīte; compare Old High German mīza gnat, Dutch mijt]

mite2 (maɪt)
 
n
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 mite1]

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Word Origin & History

mite
"tiny animal," O.E. mite, from P.Gmc. *miton (cf. M.Du. mite, O.H.G. miza, Dan. mide) originally meaning perhaps "the cutter" (from P.Gmc. *mait-, cf. Goth. maitan, O.H.G. meizen "to cut") in reference to its bite. More likely etymology is that its original sense is "something small" (from PIE *mei-
"small") in reference to size.

mite
"little bit," c.1350, from M.Du. or M.L.G. mite "tiny animal," also the name of a medieval Flemish copper coin of very small value, used proverbially in Eng. for "a very small unit of money," hence used since Wyclif to translate L. minutum from Vulgate in Mark xii.43, itself a translation of Gk. lepton.
From P.Gmc. *miton-, which probably is the source of mite (1).
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Medical Dictionary

mite 1 (mīt)
n.
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.

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Science Dictionary
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.
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Bible Dictionary

Mite definition


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.)

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Example sentences for mites
Also, humans create antibodies to the scabies mites which do kill some of them.
Many domestic animals have their own species of sarcoptes mites.
However, there are also adult mites with six, or even four legs.
Several mites are parasites, some of which are carriers of disease.
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