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.
Tunga penetrans, family Tungidae
- ‘Not only does it repel mosquitoes, but it repels ticks, chiggers, fleas, and flies, too.’
- ‘Whenever we went out we both wore hats, and also shoes, indoors and out, so that we did not suffer from jiggers.’
- ‘I used to think it was to guard against scorpions or other stinging insects, but realised now that it was to prevent jigger attacks.’
- ‘Deet protects troops on the ground from mosquitoes, deer ticks, biting flies, chiggers, fleas and other insects.’
- ‘Although I have not subjected myself to all of these, the label says that Repel disgusts chiggers, fleas, mosquitoes, ticks, and sand fleas.’
2North American A harvest mite.
- ‘Our president compares the rebel leader, to a tiny jigger, the parasite that lives in feet and can be dealt with in an instant.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 18th century: variant of chigoe.
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