Definition of Isle of Wight disease in English:

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Isle of Wight disease

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[mass noun]
A disease of bees that is caused by a parasitic mite.
  • The mite is Acarapis woodi, order (or subclass) Acari
Example sentences
  • The island is the place of origin of Acarine Disease, formerly known as Isle of Wight disease, a rapidly spreading ailment that is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of bees a year.


So named because it was first observed in the Isle of Wight in 1904.

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