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Definition of "mite" []

  • Any of various small or minute arachnids of the order Acarina that are often parasitic on animals and plants, infest stored food products, and in some species transmit disease. (noun)
  • A very small contribution or amount of money. (noun)
  • A widow's mite. (noun)
  • A very small object, creature, or particle. (noun)
  • A coin of very small value, especially an obsolete British coin worth half a farthing. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "mite" in a sentence
  • "September 1, 2008 at 8:15 am yew mite want to haz a sign up sheet fur us…… den yew cud get teh x-tra credit in skool…..mite be!"
  • "This could also help explain why bees infected with IAPV in Australia where the mite is absent do not show as dramatic changes in their behaviour, say scientists."
  • "He points out that the varroa mite, which is prevalent in the US, weakens the immune system of bees, perhaps making them susceptible to IAPV."