American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various insects of the family Cicadidae, having a broad head, membranous wings, and in the male a pair of resonating organs that produce a characteristic high-pitched, droning sound. Also called cicala.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A popular name of many insects belonging to different orders, Hemiptera and Orthoptera, which make a rhythmical creaking or chirping noise; a locust, grasshopper, or cricket. In this sense the word has no definite zoölogical signification.
- n. In zoology: [capitalized] The typical genus of homopterous hemipterous insects of the family Cicadidæ. They are of comparatively large size, and the males have drums under their transparent wings with which a peculiar shrilling noise is made. The adult females deposit their eggs in the twigs of trees. The adolescent life of these insects is passed underground. C. orni is the south European species; C. hematodes occurs in Germany, England, etc.; C. septendecim is the American periodical cicada or seventeen-year locust, and there are several other species in the United States.
- n. any of several insects of the order Hemiptera, suborder Auchenorrhyncha, with small eyes wide apart on the head and transparent well-veined wings.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Any species of the genus Cicada or of the family
Cicadidae. They are large hemipterous insects, with nearly transparent wings. The male makes a shrill sound by peculiar organs in the under side of the abdomen, consisting of a pair of stretched membranes, acted upon by powerful muscles. A noted American species (Cicada septendecim) is called the seventeen year locust. Another common species is the dogday cicada.
- n. stout-bodied insect with large membranous wings; male has drum-like organs for producing a high-pitched drone
- Borrowed from Latin cicada. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Latin cicāda. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“A cicada is an insect of the order Hemiptera, suborder Auchenorrhyncha.”
“They were all back there — Liat and Maati and Kirath and Tuui and Epani who everyone called the cicada behind his back.”
“He called a cicada to his finger and said, Welcome, Sister Cicada.”
“As for the cricket, called in Latin cicada, he hath some likelihood, but not very great, with the grasshopper, and therefore he is not to be brought in as an umpire in this case.”
“Huge numbers of the fierce some looking insects are buzzing around the headquarters here in D.C. Experts say this particular breed is called the cicada killer wasp.”
“USA Today" has a story about something experts are calling cicada envy.”
“The air is full of the rattle of the cicada, which is like the sound of a loud cricket, or the 'r-- r' of a corncraik's note going on for ever and ever; and the house lizard in the church goes cheep -- cheep -- cheep every now and then.”
“A Spanish lexicographer of authority says that the cigar has the form of a "cicada" of paper, and, on the whole, it is highly probable that the likeness of the roll of tobacco-leaf to the cylindrical body of the insect (_cigarra_) was the reason that the "cigarro" was so called.”
“Ken Parsons and Derek Bridges sent me a video clip and neither knows the source of the odd "cicada" sound.”
“I mean, could you ask for a better punchline than me finding this cicada today?”
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