a flea (Tunga penetrans) of tropical America and Africa: the female burrows into the skin, causing painful sores
Origin of chigoe; from West Indian native name
- A small tropical flea (Tunga penetrans), the fertilized female of which burrows under the skin of humans and other mammals, causing intense irritation and sores that may become severely infected. Also called chigger, jigger2, sand flea.
- See chigger.
Origin of chigoeOf Cariban origin; akin to Akawaiio (Cariban language of Guyana) chiigò.
from Cariban chico.