Definition of cicada in English:

cicada

Syllabification: ci·ca·da
Pronunciation: /səˈkādə, səˈkädə
 
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noun

  • A large homopterous insect with long transparent wings, occurring chiefly in warm countries. The male cicada makes a loud shrill droning noise by vibrating two membranes on its abdomen.
    • Family Cicadidae, suborder Homoptera: many genera
    More example sentences
    • Watch a kite sweep the skies for large insects such as grasshoppers, cicadas and dragonflies.
    • On land, an unseen cicada had begun its shrill noise.
    • But even over the noise, I could hear the monotonous drone of a cicada.

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin cicada, cicala.

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