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red bug

also red·bug (rĕd′bŭg′)


(Animals) US another name for chigger1


(ˈtʃɪg ər)

1. Also called harvest mite. the six-legged, bloodsucking larva of a mite of the family Trombiculidae, parasitic on vertebrates.
2. chigoe.
[1735–45, Amer.; variant of chigoe]
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Noun1.redbug - larval mite that sucks the blood of vertebrates including human beings causing intense irritation
trombiculid - mite that as nymph and adult feeds on early stages of small arthropods but whose larvae are parasitic on terrestrial vertebrates
genus Trombicula, Trombicula - type genus of the family Trombiculidae
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I threw a Carolina rig, 14-pound Vicious Elite fluorocarbon on top and bottom, with a redbug worm when the sun was out; junebug when it was cloudy," reported Swindle of his gear.