Definition of varroa in English:


(also varroa mite)


  • A microscopic mite that is a debilitating parasite of the honeybee, causing loss of honey production.

    • ‘Orkney is one of the few places in Britain to be free of the deadly varroa mites that have devastated honey production in many parts of the world.’
    • ‘Monthly samples of the fallen varroa showed that the screen insert reduced the mite populations by about 15 percent.’
    • ‘In field tests, the formic acid gel killed up to 84% of varroa mites and 100% of tracheal mites, another bee pest.’
    • ‘Among the greatest problems is the varroa mite, a bloodsucking parasite that attacks young and adult honeybees.’
    • ‘Earlier this year a dead varroa mite was found in a hive in North Canterbury, prompting a major investigation by MAF and restrictions on the area.’


1970s: modern Latin, from Varro, Marcus Terentius (with reference to his work on beekeeping) + -a.