ETYM as. mîte mite; akin to lg. mite, Dutch mijt, German miete, Old High Germ. mîza; cf. Goth. maitan to cut.
Any of numerous very small to minute arachnids often infesting animals or plants or stored foods.
Minute arachnid of the subclass Acari.
Some mites are free-living scavengers or predators. Some are parasitic, such as the itch mite Sarcoptes scabiei, which burrows in human skin, and the red mite Dermanyssus gallinae, which sucks blood from poultry and other birds.
Others parasitize plants.