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jigger:

see chigoechigoe
or jigger,
small parasitic flea (Tunga penetrans) of the tropics and subtropics, including the S United States. Humans and their domestic animals are the main hosts.
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jigger

[′jig·ər]
(mining engineering)

jigger

1. Golf an iron, now obsolete, with a thin blade, used for hitting long shots from a bare lie
2. any of a number of mechanical devices having a vibratory or jerking motion
3. a light lifting tackle used on ships
4. a small glass, esp for whisky, with a capacity of about one and a half ounces
5. Engineering a type of hydraulic lift in which a hydraulic ram operates the lift through a block and tackle which increases the length of the stroke
6. Canadian a device used when setting a gill net beneath ice
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66% of those questioned said that jigger flea infestation peaked in the dry season, and most of them (51%) placed this peak in middle of the season.
Most of the children in the school have scars from the jigger flea on their feet.
We had come to Cameroon to study the prevalence of the jigger flea, whose habit of burrowing into the skin of people's feet to find the blood that all fleas need in order to reproduce makes life miserable for many people there and, indeed, elsewhere in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.