from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small tropical flea (Tunga penetrans), the fertilized female of which burrows under the skin of animals and humans, causing intense irritation and sores that may become severely infected. Also called chigger, jigger2, sand flea.
- n. See chigger.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small tropical flea, Tunga penetrans, whose females burrow under the skin of animals, including humans, and lay their eggs, causing strong irritation and sores.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
- n. A larval harvest-mite, as the so-called Leptus irritans. Same as red-bug and jigger, 2.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. small tropical flea; the fertile female burrows under the skin of the host including humans
The floor was planked, not, as I found, from any regard for the comfort of the slaves, but because a small insect, a species of chigoe, which is in the soil, might get into the flesh of the poor creatures, and produce a disease which might ultimately kill them.
It is like the red "chigoe" which inserts his tiny head in the flesh and burrows until he causes a throbbing fester.
The chigoe fleas burrowed holes in his feet, which festered and made him limp.
One enterprising and annoying insect, the chigoe, or "jigger," is able to bore a hole through the sole of a shoe and attack the foot.
When a person feels an irritation in these parts, he must immediately look at the place; and if he discern a tiny black point, surrounded by a small white ring, the former is the _chigoe_, or sand - flea, and the latter the eggs which it has deposited in the flesh.
One of the most important of these is the jigger-flea or chigoe
They will not live together, but every chigoe sets up a separate ulcer, and has his own private portion of pus.
When a person feels an irritation in these parts, he must immediately look at the place; and if he discern a tiny black point, surrounded by a small white ring, the former is the chigoe, or sand - flea, and the latter the eggs which it has deposited in the flesh.
The chigoe (_Pulex penetrans_) of the Gulf coast is still more injurious, because it burrows under the surface and deposits its eggs to be hatched out slowly with much irritation.
PARASITE: _Larva of a Trombidium, Leptus americanus, or harvest bug, misnamed jigger (chigoe).
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