One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A tropical flea, the female of which burrows and lays eggs beneath the host's skin, causing painful sores.
- ‘I used to think it was to guard against scorpions or other stinging insects, but realised now that it was to prevent jigger attacks.’
- ‘Whenever we went out we both wore hats, and also shoes, indoors and out, so that we did not suffer from jiggers.’
- ‘Although I have not subjected myself to all of these, the label says that Repel disgusts chiggers, fleas, mosquitoes, ticks, and sand fleas.’
- ‘Not only does it repel mosquitoes, but it repels ticks, chiggers, fleas, and flies, too.’
- ‘Deet protects troops on the ground from mosquitoes, deer ticks, biting flies, chiggers, fleas and other insects.’
2North American A harvest mite.
- ‘We pulled up a couple of plants and scrubbed them against our trouser legs and were never bothered by ticks or chiggers or other insects while we were gathering fruit.’
- ‘Our president compares the rebel leader, to a tiny jigger, the parasite that lives in feet and can be dealt with in an instant.’
Mid 18th century: variant of chigoe.
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