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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Mite  \Mite\,  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 
  1.  (Zo["o]l.)  A  minute  arachnid,  of  the  order  Acarina,  of 
  which  there  are  many  species;  as  the  cheese  mite,  sugar 
  mite,  harvest  mite,  etc  See  {Acarina}. 
  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. 
  Two  mites,  which  make  a  farthing.  --Mark  xii. 
  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. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  small  but  appreciable  amount;  "this  dish  could  use  a  touch 
  of  garlic"  [syn:  {touch},  {hint},  {pinch},  {jot},  {speck}, 
  2:  any  of  numerous  very  small  to  minute  arachnids  often 
  infesting  animals  or  plants  or  stored  foods 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  contraction  of  minute,  from  the  Latin  minutum  the  translation 
  of  the  Greek  word  lepton,  the  very  smallest  bronze  of  copper 
  coin  (Luke  12:59;  21:2).  Two  mites  made  one  quadrans,  i.e.,  the 
  fourth  part  of  a  Roman  as  which  was  in  value  nearly  a 
  halfpenny.  (See  {FARTHING}.) 

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