from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various orthopteran insects of the family Tettigoniidae, having long antennae and usually a green body, the male of which produces a shrill sound by rubbing together specialized organs on the forewings.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as logging-wheels.
  • noun An orthopterousinsect of the family Locustidœ of large size, green color, and arboreal habits.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) A large, green, arboreal, orthopterous insect (Cyrtophyllus concavus) of the family Locustidæ, common in the United States. The males have stridulating organs at the bases of the front wings. During the summer and autumn, in the evening, the males make a peculiar, loud, shrill sound, resembling the combination Katy-did, whence the name.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A type of grasshopper, scientific name Tettigoniidae.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun large green long-horned grasshopper of North America; males produce shrill sounds by rubbing together special organs on the forewings


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Imitative of its sound.]



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  • We had this insect in the car on the way to Ohio from Hersey, Pennsylvania.

    September 3, 2012