[ chig-oh ]
/ ˈtʃɪg oʊ /


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
Also called chigoe flea, chigger, jigger, sand flea. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chigoe


/ (ˈtʃɪɡəʊ) /


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)

Word Origin for chigoe

C17: from Carib chigo
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Medicine definitions for chigoe


[ chĭgō ]


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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