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chigoe

[ chig-oh ]
/ ˈtʃɪg oʊ /
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noun
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.
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Also called chigoe flea, chigger, jigger, sand flea .

Origin of chigoe

Borrowed into English from Carib around 1685–95
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British Dictionary definitions for chigoe

chigoe
/ (ˈtʃɪɡəʊ) /

noun
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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