noun Acar·a·pis \əˈkarəpə̇s\

Definition of Acarapis

  1. :  a genus of minute mites that are chiefly parasitic on insects and include a species (A. woodi) that invades the tracheae of honeybees causing Isle of Wight disease

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Origin and Etymology of acarapis

New Latin, from acar- + Latin apis bee

First Known Use: 1922

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