ground itch

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noun

a disease of the skin of the feet, caused by penetration of hookworm larvae, characterized by a blisterlike eruption and itching.

Nearby words

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  8. ground landlord,
  9. ground level,
  10. ground log

Origin of ground itch

An Americanism dating back to 1815–25

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Examples from the Web for ground itch

  • When this happens the parasite, in passing through the skin, produces the disease known as “ground-itch.”

    Health on the Farm|H. F. Harris