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chique


chique


  1  definition  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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  ({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}.] 
 
  Note:  The  name  is  sometimes  erroneously  given  to  certain 
  mites  or  ticks  having  similar  habits.