- A minute arachnid which has four pairs of legs when adult, related to the ticks. Many kinds live in the soil and a number are parasitic on plants or animals.
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- Order (or subclass) Acari: numerous families
- All of these arthropods are known predators of insect eggs; on at least 17 plants, adult mites were directly observed attacking eggs.
- Dust mites are very minute arachnids (related to spiders) that live primarily on flakes of human skin.
- But a parasitic mite, Varroa destructor, has started to wreak havoc on honeybee colonies.
Old English mīte, of Germanic origin.
- 1A small child or animal, especially when regarded as an object of sympathy: the poor little mite looks half-starvedMore example sentences
- His cold has developed into full blown ‘smoker's cough’ this morning, poor little mite.
- ‘She's just a poor little mite - I feel terrible as a person having to say this kind of thing but I didn't know what else to do I was so desperate,’ he said.
- Poor little mite was rather disappointed when he realised it was months away yet, but it hasn't seemed to stop him asking again at regular intervals throughout the day.
- 2A very small amount: his teacher thought he needed a mite of disciplineMore example sentences
- And then she asks that the wedding feast be cooked without a mite of salt.
- He's a strong, practiced businessman and never lets a mite of logic slip from his grasp.
- 2.1 • historical A small coin, in particular a small Flemish copper coin of very low face value. See also widow's mite.
adverb(a mite) • informal Back to top
- A little; slightly: I haven’t eaten yet and I’m feeling a mite peckishMore example sentences
- Is anyone else feeling a mite peckish just now?
- A fair few are competent although scarcely memorable, a mite predictable, but all the books contain stories that could at least be considered for any ‘best of’ collection.
- We shot a lot of video that night, but these clips are from late in the evening, after much of that licorice-flavored liquor had been consumed, and we're both a mite tiddly.
late Middle English (denoting a small Flemish copper coin): from Middle Dutch mīte; probably from the same Germanic word as mite1.