from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. any of several insects of the order Hemiptera, suborder Auchenorrhyncha, with small eyes wide apart on the head and transparent well-veined wings.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. stout-bodied insect with large membranous wings; male has drum-like organs for producing a high-pitched drone
Middle English, from Latin cicāda.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowed from Latin cicada. (Wiktionary)