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

  • n. Any of various green insects of the family Tettigoniidae related to the grasshoppers and the crickets, the male of which produces a shrill sound by rubbing together specialized organs on the forewings.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A type of grasshopper, scientific name Tettigoniidae.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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 The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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


Imitative of its sound.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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

    September 3, 2012