Definition of cicada in English:


Line breaks: ci¦cada
Pronunciation: /sɪˈkɑːdə


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.
  • 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.


late Middle English: from Latin cicada, cicala.

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