- a mite, especially of the genus Acarus.
Origin of acarus
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Historical Examples of acarus
Acarus farinæ DeGeer, as its name indicates, is found in flour.Our Common Insects
Alpheus Spring Packard
Yet the Acarus has eight legs, like a spider, and the harvest-bug six, like an insect.Everyday Objects
W. H. Davenport Adams
It would be an Acarus, he observes, but it has only six legs.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. I (of 4)
The Acarus Scabiei causes itch, but fortunately it is rare in America.Essays In Pastoral Medicine
It has not been demonstrated that the acarus so common in flour has had any injurious effect when eaten.
- any of the free-living mites of the widely distributed genus Acarus, several of which, esp A. siro, are serious pests of stored flour, grain, etc
Word Origin for acarus
- A genus of mites.