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nit (n.)

"louse egg," Middle English nite, from Old English hnitu, from Proto-Germanic *hnitu- (source also of Norwegian nit, Middle Dutch nete, Dutch neet, Middle High German niz, German Niß), from PIE root *knid- "egg of a louse" (source also of Russian, Polish gnida, Czech knida; Greek konidos, genitive konis "egg of a louse").

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Definitions of nit

nit (n.)
a luminance unit equal to 1 candle per square meter measured perpendicular to the rays from the source;
nit (n.)
egg or young of an insect parasitic on mammals especially a sucking louse; often attached to a hair or item of clothing;
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