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mite

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[ mahyt ]
/ maɪt /
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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.
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Also called acarid.

Origin of mite

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

Other definitions for mite (2 of 2)

mite2
[ mahyt ]
/ maɪt /

noun
a contribution that is small but is all that a person can afford.
a very small sum of money.
a coin of very small value.
a very small object.
a very small creature.
adverb
to a small extent; somewhat (often preceded by a): a mite selfish.

Origin of mite

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1300–50; Middle English myte<Middle Dutch mīte small copper coin; ultimately identical with mite1
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British Dictionary definitions for mite (1 of 2)

mite1
/ (maɪt) /

noun
any of numerous small free-living or parasitic arachnids of the order Acarina (or Acari) that can occur in terrestrial or aquatic habitatsSee also gall mite, harvest mite, itch mite, spider mite Compare tick 2 Related adjective: acaroid

Word Origin for mite

Old English mīte; compare Old High German mīza gnat, Dutch mijt

British Dictionary definitions for mite (2 of 2)

mite2
/ (maɪt) /

noun
a very small particle, creature, or object
a very small contribution or sum of moneySee also widow's mite
a former Flemish coin of small value
a mite informal somewhathe's a mite foolish

Word Origin for mite

C14: from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch mīte; compare mite 1
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Scientific definitions for mite

mite
[ mīt ]

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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