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Definition of mite noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    mite

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//maɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//maɪt//
     
    Invertebrates
     
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  1. 1 a very small creature like a spider that lives on plants, animals, carpets, etc. house dust mites see also dust mite See related entries: Invertebrates
  2. 2a small child or animal, especially one that you feel sorry for Poor little mite!
  3. 3(old-fashioned) a small amount of something The place looked a mite (= a little) expensive.
  4. Word Origin sense 1 Old English mīte, of Germanic origin. senses 2 to 3 late Middle English (denoting a small Flemish copper coin): from Middle Dutch mīte; probably from the same Germanic word as mite (sense 1).
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