Cicada

Ci*ca"da

(s*k"d), n.;
pl. E. Cicadas (-dz), L. Cicad (-d).
[L.] (Zol.) Any species of the genus Cicada or of the family Cicadidae. They are large hemipterous insects, with nearly transparent wings. The male makes a shrill sound by peculiar organs in the under side of the abdomen, consisting of a pair of stretched membranes, acted upon by powerful muscles. A noted American species (Cicada septendecim) is called the seventeen year locust. Another common species is the dogday cicada.
Syn. -- cicala. [1913 Webster]

 

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