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  • noun Plural form of cicala.


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  • The liveliness of epigrammatic remarks is due to the meaning not being just what the words say: as in the saying of Stesichorus that ‘the cicalas will chirp to themselves on the ground’.


  • Stesichorus said to the Locrians, ‘Insolence is better avoided, lest the cicalas chirp on the ground’.


  • Whole families of cicalas chirp day and night under our old resounding roof.

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  • Forever, throughout everything, rises day and night from the whole country the song of the cicalas, ceaseless, strident, and insistent.

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  • I felt myself vibrating painfully to the rhythmical sound of the cicalas which filled the atmosphere.

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  • In the vast flood of midday sunshine, to the quivering noise of the cicalas, I mount to

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  • As for the frogs, the clamorous noise they kept up sounded absolutely deafening, and so did the shrill, incessant cry of the cicalas.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 17, No. 101, May, 1876

  • Others sing in sharp, high voices, hopping about continually, like cicalas in delirium.

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  • There are twelve towns well peopled, the homes of an ancient race, the children of Kecrops the serpent-king, the son of Mother Earth, who wear gold cicalas among the tresses of their golden hair; for like the cicalas they sprang from the earth, and like the cicalas they sing all day, rejoicing in the genial sun.

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  • And the whirr of the cicalas -- which, in Japan, is one of the continuous noises of life, and which in a few days we shall no longer even be aware of, so completely is it the background and foundation of all other terrestrial sounds -- was sonorous, incessant, softly monotonous, like the murmur of a waterfall.

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