• WordNet 3.6
    • n chigoe small tropical flea; the fertile female burrows under the skin of the host including humans
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Chigoe (Zoöl) A species of flea (Tunga penetrans, formerly Pulex penetrans), common in the West Indies and South America, which often attacks the feet or any exposed part of the human body, and burrowing beneath the skin produces great irritation. When the female is allowed to remain and breed, troublesome sores result, which are sometimes dangerous. See Jigger.☞ The name is sometimes erroneously given to certain mites or ticks having similar habits.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chigoe A very curious insect of the order Aphaniptera, or fleas, and family Pulicidæ, Pulex or sarcopsylla penetrans, closely resembling the common flea, but of more minute size, found in the West Indies and South America. The female burrows beneath the skin of the foot, and soon acquires the size of a pea, its abdomen becoming distended with eggs. If these eggs remain to be hatched beneath the skin, great irritation and even troublesome sores result. The insect must be extracted entire, and with great care, as soon as its presence is indicated by a slight itching or tingling.
    • n chigoe A larval harvest-mite, as the so-called Leptus irritans. Same as red-bug and jigger, 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Chigoe chig′ō a species of flea of the West Indies, the female of which buries itself beneath the toe-nails, and produces troublesome sores.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. chigue, perh. fr. Catalan chic, small, Sp. chico,; or of Peruvian origin
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. chique.


In literature:

"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Then there are "chigos," which burrow mostly in the soles of the feet.
"Harper's Young People, January 6, 1880" by Various