Acarapis

noun
Acar·​a·​pis | \ əˈkarəpə̇s \

Definition of Acarapis

: 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

First Known Use of Acarapis

1922, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Acarapis

New Latin, from acar- + Latin apis bee

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Learn More About Acarapis

Time Traveler for Acarapis

Time Traveler

The first known use of Acarapis was in 1922

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near Acarapis

acara

Acarapis

acardite

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for Acarapis

Cite this Entry

“Acarapis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Acarapis. Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

The Great British Vocabulary Quiz

  • union jack speech bubble
  • Named after Sir Robert Peel, what are British police called?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!