⌂ the tiny, red larva of a family (Trombiculidae) of mites, whose bite causes severe itching
Origin of chiggerof African origin, originally , as in Wolof jiga, insect
- Any of various small, six-legged larvae of mites of the family Trombiculidae that parasitize humans and other vertebrates. The chigger's bite produces a wheal that is usually accompanied by severe itching. Also called chigoe, harvest bug, harvest mite, jigger2, red bug.
- See chigoe.
Origin of chiggerAlteration of chigoe.