varroa mite

noun var·roa mite \ˈver-ə-wə-, ˈva-rə-\

Definition of varroa mite

  1. :  any of a genus (Varroa) of parasitic Asian mites that suck the hemolymph of honeybees and their larvae; especially :  one (V. destructor) of worldwide distribution that is a serious pest of the European honeybee

Origin and Etymology of varroa mite

borrowed from New Latin Varroa, after Marcus Terentius Varro, who wrote about beekeeping in De re rustica

First Known Use: 1983

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