chigger

[ chig-er ]
/ ˈtʃɪg ər /
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noun

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
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British Dictionary definitions for chigger

chigger

/ (ˈtʃɪɡə) /

noun

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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Medicine definitions for chigger

chigger

[ chĭgər ]

n.

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
Chigoe.

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