chigoe

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English[edit]

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Tunga penetrans

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Etymology[edit]

Uncertain. Possibly from a Cariban language term chico, or a West African borrowing such as Wolof or Yoruba jiga ‎(insect).

Noun[edit]

chigoe ‎(plural chigoes)

  1. 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.

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