Origin of chigger
1735–45, Americanism; variant of chigoe
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Examples from the Web for chigger
What was most aggravating were two pests of that region, the seed-tick and the chigger.Tenting on the Plains
Elizabeth B. Custer
Box turtles were considered to have chigger infestations when the reddish larvae could be detected with the unaided eye.
The interlaminal seams and transverse hinges of adults were not infested until the height of the season of chigger activity.
Ectoparasites infesting T. ornata are larvae of chigger mites (genus Trombicula) and larvae of bot flies (Sarcophaga cistudinis).
Loomis in his study of the chigger mites of Kansas examined many of the racers captured in the early years of my field work.Natural History of the Racer Coluber constrictor
Henry S. Fitch
- Also called: chigoe, redbug US and Canadian the parasitic larva of any of various free-living mites of the family Trombidiidae, which causes intense itching of human skin
- another name for the chigoe (def. 1)
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Word Origin and History for chigger
1756, from West Indies chigoe (1660s), possibly from Carib, or from or influenced by words from African languages (e.g. Wolof and Yoruba jiga "insect").
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The six-legged larva of mites of the family Trombiculidae, parasitic on humans and other vertebrates and inflicting a bite that produces a wheal accompanied by intense itching. harvest bug harvest mite jigger red bug
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