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noun (acari)
  1. (zoology) A genus in the family Acaridae including many species of small mites.
    • 1658: water strongly boiled; wherein the Seeds are extinguished by fire and decoction, and therefore last long and pure without such alteration, affording neither uliginous coats, gnatworms, Acari, hairworms, like crude and common water " Sir Thomas Browne, The Garden of Cyrus (Folio Society 2007, p. 205)
    Etymology: New Latin, from Ancient Greek (polytonic, á) "cheese mite, tick", from (polytonic, á) "tiny".

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