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 Dictionary entry overview: What does mite mean? 

MITE (noun)
  The noun MITE has 2 senses:

1. a slight but appreciable addition
2. any of numerous very small to minute arachnids often infesting animals or plants or stored foods

  Familiarity information: MITE used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

MITE (noun)

Sense 1mite [BACK TO TOP]


A slight but appreciable addition

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure


mite; soupcon; tinge; jot; hint; pinch; speck; touch

Context example:

this dish could use a touch of garlic

Hypernyms ("mite" is a kind of...):

small indefinite amount; small indefinite quantity (an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "mite"):

snuff (a pinch of smokeless tobacco inhaled at a single time)

Sense 2mite [BACK TO TOP]


Any of numerous very small to minute arachnids often infesting animals or plants or stored foods

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("mite" is a kind of...):

acarine (mite or tick)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "mite"):

acarus; genus Acarus (any of several mites of the order Acarina)

web-spinning mite (a mite that spins a web)

acarid (very small free-living arachnid that is parasitic on animals or plants; related to ticks)

trombidiid (mite that in all stages feeds on other arthropods)

trombiculiid (mite that as nymph and adult feeds on early stages of small arthropods but whose larvae are parasitic on terrestrial vertebrates)

spider mite; tetranychid (web-spinning mite that attacks garden plants and fruit trees)

itch mite; sarcoptid (whitish mites that attack the skin of humans and other animals)

rust mite (any of several varieties of mite that burrow into plants and cause a reddish-brown discoloration on the leaves or fruit)

Holonyms ("mite" is a member of...):

Acarina; order Acarina (mites and ticks)

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