chigger

noun
chig·ger | \ ˈchi-gər , ˈji- \

Definition of chigger 

2 [ alteration of 3jigger ] : a six-legged usually red or orange mite larva (family Trombiculidae) that feeds on skin cells and causes intensely itchy reddish welts also : the adult mite of this larva

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Concentrate chemical insecticidal treatments on grassy areas, low bushes, near doghouses, and other potential chigger populations. Sallie Lee, AL.com, "Invisible bugs cause major discomfort (Garden Talk)," 5 June 2017 The South, like chiggers and divinity candy, is everlasting. Southern Living, "My Brother's Garden," 1 May 2017 Chiggers, a type of mite, can also pass the allergy to humans, Jacobs said. Max Londberg, kansascity.com, "Lone star tick bites are causing red meat allergy in the Kansas City area," 29 June 2017 As with many situations, the best defense against chiggers is a good offense. Sallie Lee, AL.com, "Invisible bugs cause major discomfort (Garden Talk)," 5 June 2017

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First Known Use of chigger

1756, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of chigger was in 1756

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chigger

noun

English Language Learners Definition of chigger

: a small insect that bites people and causes painful swelling on the skin

chigger

noun
chig·ger | \ ˈchi-gər \

Kids Definition of chigger

: the six-legged larva of a mite that clings to the skin and causes itching

chigger

noun
chig·ger | \ ˈchig-ər , ˈjig- \

Medical Definition of chigger 

2 : a six-legged, usually red or orange, mite larva of the family Trombiculidae that feeds on skin cells and causes intensely itchy, reddish welts also : the adult mite of this larva

called also chigoe, harvest mite, jigger, red bug

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