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  • n. Plural form of cicada.


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  • [4493] Formicae grata est formica, cicada cicadae, and birds of a feather will gather together.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • When cicadae, crickets, and frogs unite, their music may be heard at the distance of a quarter of a mile.

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa

  • In passing through some parts where a good shower of rain has fallen, the stridulous piercing notes of the cicadae are perfectly deafening; a drab-colored cricket joins the chorus with a sharp sound, which has as little modulation as the drone of a Scottish bagpipe.

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa

  • Various cicadae and crickets, at the same time, keep up a ceaseless shrill cry, but which, softened by the distance, is not unpleasant.

    Journal of researches into the geology and natural history of the various countries visited by H.M.S. Beagle

  • The cicadae also lay their eggs in the canes on which husbandmen prop vines, perforating the canes; and also in the stalks of the squill.

    The History of Animals

  • Some insects copulate and the offspring are produced from animals of the same name, just as with the sanguinea; such are the locusts, cicadae, spiders, wasps, and ants.

    On the Generation of Animals

  • For ought you not then immediately to be beaten and trampled on, bidding me sing, just as if you were entertaining cicadae?


  • Nunc cantu crebro rumpunt arbusta cicadae nunc varia in gelida sede lacerta latet.


  • Then came a little singing afar off, as if from a distant convocation of cicadae, and before Henderson could guess what it meant, a cloud of dust was upon him, blinding and bewildering, pricking with sharp particles at eyes and nostrils.

    A Mountain Woman

  • Suddenly the jungle was stilled, even from the voice of the rasping cicadae; the leaves had ceased to whisper, for the wind had hushed.



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