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mite1 / mīt/ • n. a minute arachnid (order or subclass Acari) that 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. mite2 • n. 1. a small child or animal, esp. when regarded as an object of sympathy: the poor little mite looks half-starved. 2. a very small amount: his teacher thought he needed a mite of discipline. ∎ hist. a small coin, in particular a small Flemish copper coin of very low face value. See also widow's mite. • adv. (a mite) inf. a little; slightly: all evening he's seemed a mite awkward.

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mite Minute arachnid found worldwide, many are parasites. The adult has four pairs of legs with claws at the tip, and a fused head and abdomen. Length: 0.5–3mm (0.02–0.1in). Class Arachnida; order Acarina. See also chigger; tick

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mite (myt) n. a free-living or parasitic arthropod belonging to a group (Acarina) that also includes the ticks. Medically important mites include the many species causing dermatitis. house-dust m. a mite of the genus Dermatophagoides, the waste products of which produce an allergic response in susceptible people that is an important trigger for some forms of rhinitis and asthma.

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mite1 minute insect; now spec. an acarid, and chiefly the cheese-mite. OE. mīte = MLG., MDu. mīte (Du. mijt), OHG. mīza gnat:- Gmc. *mītōn, perh. to be referred to *mait- (OHG. meizan, ON. meita, Goth. maitan) cut.

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mite2 Flemish coin of very small value; (hence) any small monetary unit; jot, whit XIV; very small object XVI. — MLG., MDu. mīte (Du. mijt):- Gmc. *mītōn, prob. identical with prec.

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MITE Member of the Institution of Electrical and Electronics Technician Engineers