Definition of chigger
1 : chigoe 1
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
Recent Examples of chigger from the Web
Chiggers, a type of mite, can also pass the allergy to humans, Jacobs said.
Concentrate chemical insecticidal treatments on grassy areas, low bushes, near doghouses, and other potential chigger populations.
As with many situations, the best defense against chiggers is a good offense.
The South, like chiggers and divinity candy, is everlasting.
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First Known Use of chigger
CHIGGER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of chigger for English Language Learners
: a small insect that bites people and causes painful swelling on the skin
CHIGGER Defined for Kids
Definition of chigger for Students
: the six-legged larva of a mite that clings to the skin and causes itching
Medical Definition of chigger
1: chigoe 1
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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