- a flea, Tunga penetrans, of tropical America and Africa, the impregnated female of which embeds itself in the skin, especially of the feet, of humans and animals and becomes greatly distended with eggs.
Origin of chigoe
Borrowed into English from Carib around 1685–95
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Occasionally a gorilla or a chimpanzee may get a chigoe in its toe.
The Chigoe lays about sixty eggs, depositing them in a sort of sac on each side of the external opening of the oviduct.Our Common Insects
Alpheus Spring Packard
The chigoe (Dermatophilus penetrans) is a native originally of South America.
It is like the red "chigoe" which inserts his tiny head in the flesh and burrows until he causes a throbbing fester.The Secret of a Happy Home (1896)
In hot countries the chigoe (Dermatophilus penetrans) is a serious and troublesome pest, particularly to bare-footed people.
- Also called: chigger, jigger, sand flea a tropical flea, Tunga penetrans, the female of which lives on or burrows into the skin of its host, which includes man
- another name for chigger (def. 1)
C17: from Carib chigo
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- A small tropical flea (Tunga penetrans) the fertilized female of which burrows under the skin, frequently under the toenails, causing intense irritation and sores that may become severely infected.jigger sand flea
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