- 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 infectious diseases.
- Also called: chigoe, redbug US and Canadian the parasitic larva of any of various free-living mites of the family Trombidiidae, which causes intense itching of human skin
- another name for the chigoe (def. 1)
1756, from West Indies chigoe (1660s), possibly from Carib, or from or influenced by words from African languages (e.g. Wolof and Yoruba jiga “insect”).
- The six-legged larva of mites of the family Trombiculidae, parasitic on humans and other vertebrates and inflicting a bite that produces a wheal accompanied by intense itching. harvest bug harvest mite jigger red bug