chigoe

noun
chi·​goe | \ˈchi-(ˌ)gō, ˈchē- \

Definition of chigoe 

1 : a tropical flea (Tunga penetrans) of which the fertile female causes great discomfort by burrowing under the skin

First Known Use of chigoe

1691, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chigoe

Carib chico

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chigoe

noun
chi·​goe | \ˈchig-(ˌ)ō, ˈchē-(ˌ)gō \

Medical Definition of chigoe 

1 also chigoe flea : a flea (Tunga penetrans) of tropical and subtropical regions of which the gravid female burrows under the skin especially of the feet causing itching, irritation, and often inflammation and ulceration

called also chigger, sand flea

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