American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See cicada.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cicada.
- n. A cicada.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A cicada. See cicada.
- n. stout-bodied insect with large membranous wings; male has drum-like organs for producing a high-pitched drone
- From Italian cicala and Occitan cicala. (Wiktionary)
- Italian, from Latin cicāda. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Everything that lived or grew, was oppressed by the glare; except the lizard, passing swiftly over rough stone walls, and the cicala, chirping his dry hot chirp, like a rattle.”
“Then the LUCCIOLA, the fire-fly of Tuscany, was seen to flash its sudden sparks among the foliage, while the cicala, with its shrill note, became more clamorous than even during the noon-day heat, loving best the hour when the English beetle, with less offensive sound, winds”
“Already a blast of heat was rising over the land and the rasping cries of the cicala fretted their talk; and Caterina bade him follow her down into the _voto_ -- the vast, cool, underground chambers which, for the patricians of Cyprus, made life possible during this heated term, between the freshness of the morning and the comfort of the evening shadows.”
“And it resounded with the notes of the male Kokila and of the shrill cicala.”
“It resembles the flitting of some gipsy, or rather it reminds me of an engraving in a book of fables I owned in my childhood: the whole thing is exactly like the slender wardrobe and the long guitar which the cicala who had sung all the summer, carried upon her back when she knocked at the door of her neighbor the ant.”
“The complaint of the cicala, torn away by shepherds from its harmless green life of song and dew among the leaves, and the poem bidding the blackbird leave the dangerous oak, where, with its breast against a spray, it pours out its clear music,  are probably of”
“The sound of the river and of the cicala is all the noise we hear.”
“You are to hear a voice that puts to silence all others, as the trumpet the flute, as the cicala the bee, as the choir the tuning-fork.”
“After my first night under the stars -- wondrous night of wakefulness and hopeful music, throughout which I lay entranced at the foot of a wooded hill and was never for a moment uncompanioned by nightingale, cicala and firefly -- I began to suffer from footsoreness, a bodily affliction against which romance, that certain salve for the maladies of the soul, is no remedy, or very little.”
“A silence fell upon the party, so profound that the cicala in the dry hedge shrilled to pierce the ear.”
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