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Topic: CHILDREN

Language: Old English
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mite

noun
     
mite [countable]
1HBI a very small creature that lives in plants, carpets etc
2SSC spoken a small child, especially one that you feel sorry for:
Poor mite! You must be starving!
3

a mite

slightly [= a bit]:
She's a mite shy.
It's a mite too big for the box.
4

a mite of something

old-fashioned a small amount of something
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