mite

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A rust mite

Etymology[edit]

Middle English mite, from Old English mīte (mite, tiny insect), from Proto-Germanic *mītǭ (biting insect"; literally, "cutter), from Proto-Germanic *maitaną (to cut), from Proto-Indo-European *mey- (small). Akin to Old High German mīza (mite), Middle Dutch mīte (moth, mite), Dutch mijt (moth, mite), Danish mide (mite).

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mite (plural mites)

  1. A minute arachnid, of the order Acarina, of which there are many species; as, the cheese mite, sugar mite, harvest mite, etc. See Acarina.
  2. A small coin formerly circulated in England, rated at about a third of a farthing. The name is also applied to the lepton, a small coin used in Palestine in the time of Christ.
  3. A small weight; one twentieth of a grain.
  4. Anything very small; a minute object; a very little quantity or particle. Sometimes used adverbially.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 5, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      “Well,” I says, “I cal'late a body could get used to Tophet if he stayed there long enough.” ¶ She flared up; the least mite of a slam at Doctor Wool was enough to set her going.
    • 1959, Frances Cavanah, Abe Lincoln Gets His Chance, Project Gutenberg, [1]:
      "Those trousers are a mite too big, but you'll soon grow into them."

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French[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Middle French, from Old French mitte (kind of insect which gnaws on cloth or cheese), from Middle Dutch mīte (moth, mite), ult. from Proto-Germanic *mītǭ (biting insect"; literally, "cutter). Akin to Old English mīte (mite, tiny insect), Old High German mīza (mite), Danish mide (mite).

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mite f (plural mites)

  1. mite (arachnid)
  2. moth, particularly one whose larva destroys something stored by humans

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mite

  1. first-person singular present indicative of miter
  2. third-person singular present indicative of miter
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of miter
  4. first-person singular present subjunctive of miter
  5. second-person singular imperative of miter

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mite m, f (masculine and feminine plural miti)

  1. mild
  2. moderate (price)
  3. balmy (climate)
  4. meek (animal)

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Jèrriais[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French mitte (kind of insect which gnaws on cloth or cheese), of Germanic origin.

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mite f (plural mites)

  1. mite

Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

mīte

  1. nominative neuter singular of mītis
  2. accusative neuter singular of mītis
  3. vocative neuter singular of mītis

Volapük[edit]

Noun[edit]

mite

  1. dative singular of mit