Pulex penetrans
Chigoe Chig"oe, Chigre Chig"re, n. [Cf. F. chigue, perh. fr. Catalan chic small, Sp. chico; or of Peruvian origin.] (Zo["o]l.) 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}. [Written also {chegre}, {chegoe}, {chique}, {chigger}, {jigger}.] [1913 Webster]

Note: The name is sometimes erroneously given to certain mites or ticks having similar habits. [1913 Webster] ||


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  • Pulex penetrans — Jigger Jig ger (j[i^]g g[ e]r), n. [A corrupt. of chigre.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A species of flea ({Tunga penetrans}, or {Sarcopsylla penetrans}, or {Pulex penetrans}), which burrows beneath the skin; called also {jigger flea}. See {Chigoe}. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pulex penetrans — chigger chigger n. 1. a small tropical flea ({Tunga penetrans}, formerly {Pulex penetrans}); same as {chigoe}. [Also spelled {chigre}.] Syn: chigoe, chigoe flea, {Tunga penetrans}. [WordNet 1.5] 2. a larval mite of the family {Trombiculidae} that …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pulex penetrans — Tunga penetrans; see chigoe …   Medical dictionary

  • Pulex — A genus of fleas (family Pulicidae, order Siphonaptera). [L. flea] P. cheopis former name for Xenopsylla cheopis. P. fasciatus former name for Nosopsyllus fasciatus. P. irritans the human flea, a common flea that infests humans, many domestic… …   Medical dictionary

  • Sarcopsylla penetrans — Tunga penetrans puce chique …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Tunga penetrans — puce chique …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Tunga penetrans — puce chique …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Sarcopsylla penetrans — Jigger Jig ger (j[i^]g g[ e]r), n. [A corrupt. of chigre.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A species of flea ({Tunga penetrans}, or {Sarcopsylla penetrans}, or {Pulex penetrans}), which burrows beneath the skin; called also {jigger flea}. See {Chigoe}. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tunga penetrans — Jigger Jig ger (j[i^]g g[ e]r), n. [A corrupt. of chigre.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A species of flea ({Tunga penetrans}, or {Sarcopsylla penetrans}, or {Pulex penetrans}), which burrows beneath the skin; called also {jigger flea}. See {Chigoe}. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tunga penetrans — chigger chigger n. 1. a small tropical flea ({Tunga penetrans}, formerly {Pulex penetrans}); same as {chigoe}. [Also spelled {chigre}.] Syn: chigoe, chigoe flea, {Tunga penetrans}. [WordNet 1.5] 2. a larval mite of the family {Trombiculidae} that …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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