The true identity of Pascal’s mite and the diachronic use of ciron

Henri M. André
The identity of Blaise Pascal’s mite is examined. Linguistics, morphology, habitat and size reveal that Pascal’s mite is not Acarus siro L., as usually thought, but Sarcoptes scabiei (L.). The diachronic use of the popular term ciron is explored from a number of different perspectives. In everyday language and in Pascal’s time, the term used to designate A. siro L. was mite (used singly, in English and French) and not ciron, a word restricted to...
This data repository is not currently reporting usage information. For information on how your repository can submit usage information, please see our documentation.