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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, relating to, or belonging to the arachnid family Acaridae, which includes mites that infest stored food.
  • noun An arachnid of the subclass Acari or the order Acarina, which includes the mites and ticks.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One of the Acarida; a mite.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun very small free-living arachnid that is parasitic on animals or plants; related to ticks.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun biology, zoology Any parasitic arachnid, such as mites and ticks, of the subclass Acarina.
  • adjective biology, zoology Of or pertaining to acarids.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun very small free-living arachnid that is parasitic on animals or plants; related to ticks

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From New Latin Acaridae, family name, from Acarus, type genus, from Greek akari, a kind of mite.]

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