mite

Mite \Mite\ (m[imac]t), n. [AS. m[=i]te mite (in sense 1); akin to LG. mite, D. mijt, G. miete, OHG. m[=i]za; cf. Goth. maitan to cut.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) A minute arachnid, of the order {Acarina}, of which there are many species; as, the dust mite, cheese mite, sugar mite, harvest mite, three-toed spider mite, etc. See {Acarina}. [1913 Webster] 2. [D. mijt; prob. the same word.] A small coin formerly circulated in England, rated at about a third of a farthing. The name is also applied to a small coin used in Palestine in the time of Christ. [1913 Webster] Two mites, which make a farthing. --Mark xii. 49. [1913 Webster] 3. A small weight; one twentieth of a grain. [1913 Webster] 4. Anything very small; a minute object; a very little quantity or particle. [1913 Webster] For in effect they be not worth a myte. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]