straw mite


a mite, Pyemotes ventricosus, that often occurs in straw and normally feeds on the larvae of insects but opportunistically bites humans, causing an itching dermatitis.

Nearby words

  1. straw,
  2. straw boss,
  3. straw color,
  4. straw in the wind,
  5. straw man,
  6. straw mushroom,
  7. straw poll,
  8. straw that breaks the camel's back,
  9. straw vote,
  10. straw wine

Also called grain itch mite. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019