chigger

noun
chig·​ger | \ ˈchi-gər How to pronounce chigger (audio) , ˈji- How to pronounce chigger (audio) \

Definition of chigger

2 [alteration of jigger entry 3] : 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

Examples of chigger in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet another type of typhus is known as scrub typhus, and is spread through chiggers or larval mites—but scrub typhus typically only occurs in rural areas of Southeast Asia, Indonesia, China, Japan, India, and northern Australia. Sarah Klein, Health.com, "What Is Typhus? Everything You Need to Know About the Flea-Borne Disease," 31 Oct. 2019 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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“Chigger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chigger. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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chigger

noun
How to pronounce chigger (audio) How to pronounce chigger (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of chigger

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

chigger

noun
chig·​ger | \ ˈchi-gər How to pronounce chigger (audio) \

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 How to pronounce chigger (audio) , ˈjig- How to pronounce chigger (audio) \

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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