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 . Also called harvest bug . Also called harvest mite . Also called jigger 2. Also called red bug .
- See chigoe .
Origin of chiggerAlteration of chigoe