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Treated as plural. A family of arachnids, originally comprising the mites and ticks (equivalent to the current subclass Acari), and in later use restricted to certain small mites.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in William Kirby (1759–1850), entomologist and naturalist. From scientific Latin Acaridae from Acarus + -idae, replacing earlier Acaridiae.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.