From Middle English mite, from Old English mīte (“mite, tiny insect”), from Proto-Germanic *mītǭ (“biting insect”, literally “cutter”), from *maitaną (“to cut”), from Proto-Indo-European *mey- (“small”) or *meh₂y- (“to cut”). Akin to Old High German mīza (“mite”), Middle Dutch mīte (“moth, mite”), Dutch mijt (“moth, mite”), Danish mide (“mite”).
- (Received Pronunciation, General American) enPR: mīt, IPA(key): /maɪt/
Audio (GA) (file)
- Rhymes: -aɪt
- Homophone: might
mite (plural mites)
- Any of many minute arachnids which, along with the ticks, comprise subclass Acarina (aka Acari).
- A small coin formerly circulated in England, rated at about a third of a farthing.
- A lepton, a small coin used in Palestine in the time of Christ.
- A small weight; one twentieth of a grain.
- (sometimes used adverbially) Anything very small; a minute object; a very little quantity or particle.
- 1903 March 17, Mark Twain, letter to Helen Keller:
- It takes a thousand men to invent a telegraph, or a steam engine, or a phonograph, or a photograph, or a telephone or any other important thing — and the last man gets the credit and we forget the others. He added his little mite — that is all he did.
- 1913, Joseph C[rosby] Lincoln, chapter V, in Mr. Pratt’s Patients, New York, N.Y., London: D. Appleton and Company, →OCLC, →OL; republished New York, N.Y., London: D. Appleton and Company, 1914, →OCLC, pages 124–125:
- "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.
- 1956, Janice Holt Giles, chapter 8, in Hannah Fowler, Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin, →OCLC; republished Lexington, Ky.: University Press of Kentucky, 1992, →ISBN, page 69:
- "Silas, now," Esther Whitley had said, "would be a good one for you, Hannah. He's a mite on the old side, but he's steady, an' he's been wed before. He knows the ways of a woman better'n some."
- (colloquial, often used affectionately) A small or naughty person, or one people take pity on; rascal.
- 2014, Lorraine F Elli, The Little Town Mouse:
- “Tom told me that, but twasn't your fault, the little mite just couldn't wait to be born that's all.” A small smile played on Leah's lips.
- (small amount): see also Thesaurus:modicum.
- air-sac mite (Cytleichus nudus)
- a mite
- bee mite (Varroa destructor)
- beetle mite (Oribatoidea spp.)
- bird mite (Ornithonyssus spp.)
- blackberry mite (Aceria essigi)
- carpet mite (Psoroptidae spp.)
- cat fur mite (Cheyletiella blakei)
- cheese mite (Tyrolichus casei)
- chicken mite
- clover mite (Bryobia praetiosa)
- common house mite (Glycyphagus domesticus)
- dog fur mite (Cheyletiella yasguri)
- dust mite (Reduvius personatus, Dermatophagoides spp.)
- ear mite (Otodectes cynotis)
- eyelash mite
- feather mite
- flour mite (Acarus siro)
- follicle mite
- fruit mite (Carpoglyphus lactis et al.)
- furniture mite (Glycyphagus domesticus)
- gall mite
- harvest mite (Trombicula spp.)
- house dust mite (Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus)
- house mouse mite (Liponyssoides sanguineus)
- itch mite (Sarcoptes scabiei)
- mite box
- mite cheese
- peacock mite
- prune mite (Carpoglyphus lactis)
- rabbit ear mite
- rabbit fur mite (Cheyletiella parasitovorax)
- red mite (Dermanyssus gallinae)
- red velvet mite
- rust mite
- spider mite (Tetranychidae spp.)
- spiny rat mite (Laelaps echidnina)
- stock mites (Lepidoglyphus, Acarus, Tyrophagus, Tydeus, Cheyletus, Tarsonemus spp.)
- storage mite (Acarus siro)
- sugar mite (Lepidoglyphus destructor)
- trombiculid mite (Trombiculidae spp.)
- tropical rat mite (Ornithonyssus bacoti)
- water mite
- wheat mite (Acarus siro)
- widow's mite
- Willamette mite, Willamette spider mite (Tetranycus willamette)
- wing mite (Pterolichus obtusus)
- wood mite (Oribatidae spp.)
- Eye dialect spelling of .
- transnewguinea.org, citing D. C. Laycock, Languages of the Lumi Subdistrict (West Sepik District), New Guinea (1968), Oceanic Linguistics, 7 (1): 36-66
mite m (plural mites)
Inherited from Middle French, from Old French mitte (“kind of insect which gnaws on cloth or cheese”), from Middle Dutch mīte (“moth, mite”), ultimately from Proto-Germanic *mītǭ (“biting insect”, literally “cutter”), from *maitaną (“to cut”).
mite f (plural mites)
- inflection of :
- “mite”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
mite (plural miti)
- moderate (price)
- balmy, mild (climate)
- quest'anno è stato un gennaio mite
- January has been mild this year
- meek (animal)
- mite in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana
- (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈmiː.te/, [ˈmiːt̪ɛ]
- (modern Italianate Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /ˈmi.te/, [ˈmiːt̪e]
- “mite”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- “mite”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
mite f (plural mites)