mite etymology

French word mite comes from Proto-Indo-European *smei-, Proto-Indo-European *meit-, Proto-Germanic *mītōn, and later Proto-Germanic *maitaną (To cut off, sever. To cut, hew.)

Detailed word origin of mite

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*smei- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*meit- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*mītōn Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*maitaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To cut off, sever. To cut, hew.
meta Latin (lat) (figuratively) goal, end, limit, turning point. Boundary limit. Cone, pyramid. Turning point, winning post (pillar at each end of the Circus route).
*mīta Old Dutch (odt)
*mītǭ Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
mīte Middle Dutch (dum)
mite Middle Dutch (dum)
mitte Old French (fro)
mite French (fra) Mite (arachnid). Moth, particularly one whose larva destroys something stored by humans.

Words with the same origin as mite

Descendants of *smei-
Merveilleuse Mireille admirable admirateur admiration admirer merveille merveilleux miracle miraculer mirage mire mirer mirifique miroir miroiter
Descendants of *meit-
antimite mé- mécompte méconnaissable méconnaissance méconnaître mécontent mécroire mécréant médire médisance méfaire méfait méfier mégestion méjuger mépriser més- mésaise mésallier mésaventure mésestimer mésusage mévente