mite

1 of 2

noun (1)

: any of numerous small acarid arachnids that often infest animals, plants, and stored foods and include important disease vectors

mite

2 of 2

noun (2)

1
: a small coin or sum of money
2
a
: a very little : bit
b
: a very small object or creature
Phrases
a mite
: somewhat, rather
could be that I am a mite prejudicedJohn Fischer

Examples of mite in a Sentence

Noun (2) I have only a mite left to buy lunch for the rest of the week the kitten was just a mite, hardly the size of my palm that speech didn't make a mite of sense
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
And colonists, presumably, introduced the mite Sarcoptes scabiei to the landscape. Amber Dance, Discover Magazine, 27 June 2024 Parasites can be found externally on one's skin or hair such as in cases of lice, mites, or ticks. Daryl Austin, USA TODAY, 17 June 2024 Dust mites are an extremely common cause of allergy symptoms, and can be eliminated following these steps. Joe Mutascio, The Indianapolis Star, 22 Mar. 2024 The relationship between Celie and Shug Avery, the alluring chanteuse played by Taraji P. Henson, in this version plays a mite truer to that of the novel. Scott Hocker, theweek, 7 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for mite 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English mīte; akin to Middle Dutch mite mite, small copper coin

Noun (2)

Middle English, from Middle French or Middle Dutch; Middle French, small Flemish copper coin, from Middle Dutch

First Known Use

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of mite was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Mite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mite. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

mite

noun
ˈmīt
1
: any of various invertebrates that are tiny arachnids closely related to the ticks, that often live on plants, animals, and stored foods, and that include important carriers of disease
2
: a very small coin or sum of money
3
a
: a very little amount : bit
b
: a very small object or creature

Medical Definition

mite

noun
: any of numerous small to very minute arachnids of the order Acari that have a body without a constriction between the cephalothorax and abdomen, mandibles generally chelate or adapted for piercing, usually four pairs of short legs in the adult and but three in the young larvae, and often breathing organs in the form of tracheae and that include parasites of insects and vertebrates some of which are important disease vectors, parasites of plants in which they frequently cause gall formation, pests of various stored products, and completely innocuous free-living aquatic and terrestrial forms see itch mite

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