from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A homopterous insect of the family Cicadid√¶; any harvest-fly or lyerman, as Cicada tibicen: so called from the jarring sound of their stridulation.


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  • The tree-frog blew his alto horn; the jar-fly clashed his tinkling cymbals; the woodpecker rattled his kettledrum, and the locust jingled his tambourine.

    Gov. Bob. Taylor's Tales


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