chigger

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From chigoe

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chigger ‎(plural chiggers)

  1. A chigoe (Tunga penetrans), a kind of flea found in tropical climates.
  2. A harvest mite, a very small, red mite endemic to the Midwestern and Southeastern US, the infestation of which causes intense itching.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Blend of chink +‎ nigger

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chigger ‎(plural chiggers)

  1. (US, slang, derogatory, offensive) An East Asian person who behaves in ways similar to a stereotypical urban African American.
    • 2007, James Boice, MVP: A Novel, Simon and Schuster, ISBN 978-1-4165-3865-3, page 37:
      —He's not black, Stacia Jacobs who smelled like pee said. —He's yellow and black. He's a chigger. Do you know what a chigger is? It's a chink and a nigger.