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 for chigger
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Jigger \Jig"ger\ (j[i^]g"g[~e]r), n. [A corrupt. of chigre.]
     1. (Zool.) A species of flea ({Tunga penetrans, or
        Sarcopsylla penetrans, or Pulex penetrans), which
        burrows beneath the skin; called also jigger flea. See
        Chigoe.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. (Zool.) Any one of several species of small red mites
        (esp. Tetranychus irritans and Tetranychus Americanus)
        of the family Trombiculidae, which, in the larval or
        leptus stage, burrow beneath the skin of man and various
        animals, causing great annoyance. Also called chigger.
        [Southern U. S.]
        [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Chigoe \Chig"oe\, Chigre \Chig"re\, n. [Cf. F. chigue, perh. fr.
     Catalan chic small, Sp. chico; or of Peruvian origin.]
     (Zool.)
     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]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  chigger \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 of vertebrates including human beings, causing
        intense irritation, and serving to transmit several
        infectious diseases.
  
     Syn: harvest mite, jigger, redbug.
          [WordNet 1.5]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  chigger
      n 1: small tropical flea; the fertile female burrows under the
           skin of the host including humans [syn: chigoe,
           chigger, chigoe flea, Tunga penetrans]
      2: larval mite that sucks the blood of vertebrates including
         human beings causing intense irritation [syn: harvest mite,
         chigger, jigger, redbug]

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