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[chig-er] /ˈtʃɪg ər/
Also called harvest mite, redbug. the six-legged larva of a mite of the family Trombiculidae, parasitic on humans and other vertebrates, sucking blood and causing severe itching and acting as a vector of scrub typhus and other infectious diseases.
Also, jigger.
Origin of chigger
1735-45, Americanism; variant of chigoe Unabridged
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(US & Canadian) Also called chigoe, redbug. 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 (sense 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").

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chigger (chĭg'ər)

  1. 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. Also called harvest bug, harvest mite, jigger, red bug.

  2. Chigoe.

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