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cicada Line breaks: ci¦cada
Pronunciation: /sɪˈkɑːdə/

Definition of cicada in English:


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A large homopterous insect with long transparent wings, found chiefly in warm countries. The male cicada makes a loud, shrill droning noise by vibrating two membranes on its abdomen.
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.


Late Middle English: from Latin cicada, cicala.

Words that rhyme with cicada

ardour (US ardor), armada, Bader, cadre, carder, Dalriada, enchilada, Garda, gelada, Granada, Haggadah, Hamada, intifada, lambada, larder, Masada, Nevada, panada, piña colada, pousada, promenader, retarder, Scheherazade, Theravada, Torquemada, tostada
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