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 Instead, chiggers pierce the skin and inject saliva into the bite, which contains a powerful digestive enzyme that essentially breaks down the affected skin, so the chigger can feed on it. Maggie O'neill,, 5 Aug. 2020 Fortunately, chigger bites don't pose a huge health risk, and the main concern is simply getting the inflammation and itching under control. Maggie O'neill,, 5 Aug. 2020 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,, 31 Oct. 2019 Concentrate chemical insecticidal treatments on grassy areas, low bushes, near doghouses, and other potential chigger populations. Sallie Lee,, 5 June 2017 The South, like chiggers and divinity candy, is everlasting. Southern Living, 1 May 2017 Chiggers, a type of mite, can also pass the allergy to humans, Jacobs said. Max Londberg,, 29 June 2017 As with many situations, the best defense against chiggers is a good offense. Sallie Lee,, 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of chigger

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


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


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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