chigger

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noun chig·ger \ˈchi-gər, ˈji-\

Definition of chigger

  1. 1 :  chigoe 1

  2. 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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First Known Use of chigger

1756


CHIGGER Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of chigger for English Language Learners

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


CHIGGER Defined for Kids

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noun chig·ger \ˈchi-gər\

Definition of chigger for Students

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


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noun chig·ger \ˈchig-ər, ˈjig-\

Medical Definition of chigger

  1. 1:  chigoe 1

  2. 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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