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redbug

[red-buhg] /ˈrɛdˌbʌg/
noun, Chiefly South Atlantic States.
1.
chigger (def 1).
Origin of redbug
1795-1805
First recorded in 1795-1805; red1 + bug1
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  • The god swayed, groaned like a thing of life, and toppled over, squashing one of the howling witches—a blind one—like a red bug.

    West Of The Sun Edgar Pangborn
British Dictionary definitions for red bug

redbug

/ˈrɛdˌbʌɡ/
noun
1.
(US) another name for chigger (sense 1)
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red bug in Medicine

red bug or redbug
n.
See chigger.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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