a flea (Tunga penetrans) of tropical America and Africa: the female burrows into the skin, causing painful sores
Origin of chigoefrom 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 . Also called jigger 2. Also called sand flea .
- See chigger .
Origin of chigoeOf Cariban origin Akawaiio (Cariban language of Guyana) chiigò
from Cariban chico.