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 (chĭg′ō, chē′gō)
1. 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.
2. See chigger.

[Of Cariban origin; akin to Akawaiio (Cariban language of Guyana) chiigò.]


1. (Animals) Also called: chigger, jigger or sand flea a tropical flea, Tunga penetrans, the female of which lives on or burrows into the skin of its host, which includes man
2. (Animals) another name for chigger1
[C17: from Carib chigo]


(ˈtʃɪg oʊ)

a flea, Tunga penetrans, of tropical America and Africa, the impregnated female of which embeds itself in the skin of humans and animals and becomes distended with eggs. Also called chig′oe flea`, chigger, jigger, sand flea.
[1685–95; « Carib]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chigoe - small tropical fleachigoe - small tropical flea; the fertile female burrows under the skin of the host including humans
flea - any wingless bloodsucking parasitic insect noted for ability to leap
genus Tunga, Tunga - a genus of Siphonaptera
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For example household cat, cat's environment is the same house that it passes most of its time in it as asleep or awake (For example when a veterinarian advises to control chigoes environmentally, his purpose is not only to spray poison on cat but to spray in cat's house).
By early 1839, the magistrates' returns show creeping mortality figures, many as a result of infected bites from insects called chigoes or 'jiggers' (the Indians tended to tear off the plantation doctor's bandages and ointments, preferring to apply their own remedies).
Stedman wrote of "mosquitoes, patat- and scrapat-lice, chigoes, cockroaches, fire-ants, wild bees and spiders, prickly heat, ringworm, dry gripes, putrid fevers, boils, consaca (a mycosis), bloody flux (dysentery), alligators, snakes and jaguars.