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chigger, minute, six-legged, reddish larva of the harvest mite, one of various red bugs widely distributed throughout the world and common in the S United States. Attaching itself by its mouthparts to the skin of its vertebrate host, the chigger injects saliva that destroys cells and may cause an intense irritation known as red-bug dermatitis. The food of the chigger consists of the cellular contents and tissue fluid of the host. Certain Asian species carry minute organisms (rickettsias) that cause scrub typhus, a disease of humans. Chiggers are classified in the phylum Arthropoda, class Arachnida, subclass Acari, order Trombidiformes, family Trombiculidae.

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chig·ger / ˈchigər/ (also jigger) • n. 1. a tiny mite (genus Trombicula, family Trombiculidae) whose parasitic larvae live on or under the skin of warm-blooded animals, where they cause irritation and dermatitis. 2. another term for chigoe.

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chigger

chigger (harvest mite or red bug) Tiny, red larva of some kinds of mites found worldwide. Adults lay eggs on plants and hatched larvae find an animal host. Length: 0.1–16mm (0.004–0.6in). Order Acarina; family Trombiculidae.

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