chigoe

noun
chi·​goe | \ ˈchi-(ˌ)gō How to pronounce chigoe (audio) , ˈchē- How to pronounce chigoe (audio) \

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

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“Chigoe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chigoe. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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chigoe

noun
chi·​goe | \ ˈchig-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce chigoe (audio) , ˈchē-(ˌ)gō How to pronounce chigoe (audio) \

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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