Definition of chigoe in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈCHēˌɡō/


A tropical flea, the female of which burrows and lays eggs beneath the host’s skin, causing painful sores. Also called chigger, sand flea.
  • Tunga penetrans, family Tungidae.
Example sentences
  • He's blasé about all the usual stuff - typhoid fever, malaria, chigoes, bots, scabies, and leeches.
  • This widespread myth has its origin in the southern states where pests with similar names such as jigger flea or the chigoes do attack by burrowing under skin.
  • The ‘committee’ sat on rough logs, ranged on the sand in the open building; and we had carefully to examine our feet for chigoes and exterminate them after each sitting.


Mid 17th century: from French chique, from a West African language.

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Syllabification: chig·oe

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