chigger
Chigoe Chig"oe, Chigre Chig"re, n. [Cf. F. chigue, perh. fr. Catalan chic small, Sp. chico; or of Peruvian origin.] (Zo["o]l.) A species of flea ({Tunga penetrans}, formerly {Pulex penetrans}), common in the West Indies and South America, which often attacks the feet or any exposed part of the human body, and burrowing beneath the skin produces great irritation. When the female is allowed to remain and breed, troublesome sores result, which are sometimes dangerous. See {Jigger}. [Written also {chegre}, {chegoe}, {chique}, {chigger}, {jigger}.] [1913 Webster]

Note: The name is sometimes erroneously given to certain mites or ticks having similar habits. [1913 Webster] ||


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  • chigger — n. 1. a small tropical flea ({Tunga penetrans}, formerly {Pulex penetrans}); same as {chigoe}. [Also spelled {chigre}.] Syn: chigoe, chigoe flea, {Tunga penetrans}. [WordNet 1.5] 2. a larval mite of the family {Trombiculidae} that sucks the blood …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Chigger — may refer to:* Harvest mite, mites in the family Trombiculidae that live in North American forests and grasslands * Chigoe flea ( Tunga penetrans ), a parasitic arthropod found in tropical climates, especially South America and the West Indies …   Wikipedia

  • chigger — 1756, from W.Indies chigoe (1660s), possibly from Carib, or of African origin (e.g. Wolof and Yoruba jiga insect ) …   Etymology dictionary

  • chigger — ☆ chigger [chig′ər] n. [of Afr orig., as in Wolof jiga, insect ] the tiny, red larva of a family (Trombiculidae) of mites, whose bite causes severe itching …   English World dictionary

  • chigger — /chig euhr/, n. 1. Also called harvest mite, redbug. the six legged larva of a mite of the family Trombiculidae, parasitic on humans and other vertebrates, sucking blood and causing severe itching and acting as a vector of scrub typhus and other… …   Universalium

  • chigger — The six legged larva of Trombicula species and other members of the family Trombiculidae; a bloodsucking stage of mites that includes the vectors of scrub typhus. * * * chig·ger chig ər, jig n 1) CHIGOE (1) …   Medical dictionary

  • chigger — UK [ˈtʃɪɡə(r)] / US [ˈtʃɪɡər] noun [countable] Word forms chigger : singular chigger plural chiggers a small insect larva, common in warm parts of the US, whose bite causes painful lumps on your skin …   English dictionary

  • chigger — Jigger Jig ger (j[i^]g g[ e]r), n. [A corrupt. of chigre.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A species of flea ({Tunga penetrans}, or {Sarcopsylla penetrans}, or {Pulex penetrans}), which burrows beneath the skin; called also {jigger flea}. See {Chigoe}. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chigger — noun Date: 1756 1. chigoe 1 2. [alteration of jigger (II)] a 6 legged mite larva (family Trombiculidae) that sucks the blood of vertebrates and causes intense irritation …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Chigger — Aoûtat Aoûtat …   Wikipédia en Français

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