2. [D. Mijt; prob. The same word] A small coin formerly circulated in England, rated at about a third of a farthing. The name is also applied to a small coin used in Palestine in the time of Christ. "Two mites, which make a farthing." (Mark xii. 49)
Origin: AS. Mite mite (in sense 1); akin to LG. Mite, D. Mijt, G. Miete, OHG. Miza; cf. Goth. Maitan to cut.
(01 Mar 1998)
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