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chigger

Line breaks: chig|ger
Pronunciation: /ˈtʃɪɡə
 
, ˈdʒ-/
(also jigger)

Definition of chigger in English:

noun

1A tropical flea, the female of which burrows and lays eggs beneath the host’s skin, causing painful sores. Also called chigoe, sand flea.
  • Tunga penetrans, family Tungidae
Example sentences
  • Deet protects troops on the ground from mosquitoes, deer ticks, biting flies, chiggers, fleas and other insects.
  • Not only does it repel mosquitoes, but it repels ticks, chiggers, fleas, and flies, too.
  • Although I have not subjected myself to all of these, the label says that Repel disgusts chiggers, fleas, mosquitoes, ticks, and sand fleas.
2North American A harvest mite.
Example sentences
  • We pulled up a couple of plants and scrubbed them against our trouser legs and were never bothered by ticks or chiggers or other insects while we were gathering fruit.
  • Our president compares the rebel leader, to a tiny jigger, the parasite that lives in feet and can be dealt with in an instant.

Origin

mid 18th century: variant of chigoe.

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