Mite(mt), n. [AS. mte mite (in sense 1); akin to LG. mite, D. mijt, G. miete, OHG. mza; cf. Goth. maitan to cut.] 1. (Zol.) 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.
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.
Two mites, which make a farthing.Mark xii. 49.
3. A small weight; one twentieth of a grain.
4. Anything very small; a minute object; a very little quantity or particle.
For in effect they be not worth a myte.Chaucer.
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