chigger definition by Webster's New World
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☆ the tiny, red larva of a family (Trombiculidae) of mites, whose bite causes severe itching
Origin: of African origin, originally , as in Wolof jiga, insect
chigger definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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- Any of various small, six-legged larvae of mites of the family Trombiculidae, parasitic on insects, 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: Alteration of chigoe.
chigger - Medical Definition
- 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.