spider mite

/ˈspaɪdə maɪt/ (say 'spuyduh muyt)

any of various insects of the family Tetranychidae which live on the underside of the leaves of plants where they spin protective webs; damage to plants is caused by the mites puncturing the plant cells to feed.
{spider + mite1; from the similarity of the web to a spider web}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Spider mite — Spider Spi der, n.[OE. spi[thorn]re, fr. AS. spinnan to spin; so named from spinning its web; cf. D. spin a spider, G. spinne, Sw. spindel. See {Spin}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of arachnids comprising the order Araneina. Spiders …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spider mite — n. any of a family (Tetranychidae, order Acariformes) of plant eating mites that resemble spiders …   English World dictionary

  • Spider mite — Taxobox name = Spider mites image width = 220px image caption = regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda subphylum = Chelicerata classis = Arachnida subclassis = Acari superordo = Acariformes ordo = Prostigmata subordo = Eleutherengona unranked… …   Wikipedia

  • spider mite — noun web spinning mite that attacks garden plants and fruit trees • Syn: ↑tetranychid • Hypernyms: ↑mite • Hyponyms: ↑red spider, ↑red spider mite, ↑Panonychus ulmi …   Useful english dictionary

  • spider mite — noun an active plant feeding mite resembling a minute spider. [Tetranychus urticae (red spider mite) and other species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • spider mite — any of numerous, variously colored web spinning mites of the family Tetranychidae, many of which are pests of garden plants and fruit trees. [1865 70] * * * or red spider Any plant feeding mite in the family Tetranychidae, common pests on… …   Universalium

  • spider mite — spi′der mite n. ivt any of numerous, variously colored, web spinning mites of the family Tetranychidae, many of which are pests of garden plants and fruit trees • Etymology: 1865–70 …   From formal English to slang

  • spider mite — noun Date: 1870 any of various small web spinning mites (family Tetranychidae) that include destructive pests of plants called also red spider …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • red spider mite — noun small web spinning mite; a serious orchard pest • Syn: ↑red spider, ↑Panonychus ulmi • Hypernyms: ↑spider mite, ↑tetranychid • Member Holonyms: ↑Panonychus, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • two-spotted spider mite — noun Date: 1947 a widely distributed spider mite (Tetranychus urticae) that feeds on soft plant parts and is a pest in greenhouses and gardens called also two spotted mite …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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