Definition of 'cicada'


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1. any of several insects of the order Hemiptera, suborder Auchenorrhyncha, with small eyes wide apart on the head and transparent well-veined wings.

2. Any of various insects chiefly of the family Cicadidae, having a broad head, membranous wings, and in the male a pair of resonating organs that produce a characteristic high-pitched, droning sound.

3. (Zoöl.) 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.

4. A popular name of many insects belonging to different orders, Hemiptera and Orthoptera, which make a rhythmical creaking or chirping noise; a locust, grasshopper, or cricket. In this sense the word has no definite zoölogical signification.

5. In zoology: [capitalized] The typical genus of homopterous hemipterous insects of the family Cicadidæ.


1. A cicada is an insect of the order Hemiptera, suborder Auchenorrhyncha.

2. They were all back there — Liat and Maati and Kirath and Tuui and Epani who everyone called the cicada behind his back.

3. He called a cicada to his finger and said, Welcome, Sister cicada.

4. As for the cricket, called in Latin cicada, he hath some likelihood, but not very great, with the grasshopper, and therefore he is not to be brought in as an umpire in this case.

5. Huge numbers of the fierce some looking insects are buzzing around the headquarters here in D.C. Experts say this particular breed is called the cicada killer wasp.

6. "USA Today" has a story about something experts are calling cicada envy.

7. The air is full of the rattle of the cicada, which is like the sound of a loud cricket, or the 'r-- r' of a corncraik's note going on for ever and ever; and the house lizard in the church goes cheep -- cheep -- cheep every now and then.

8. A Spanish lexicographer of authority says that the cigar has the form of a "cicada" of paper, and, on the whole, it is highly probable that the likeness of the roll of tobacco-leaf to the cylindrical body of the insect (_cigarra_) was the reason that the "cigarro" was so called.

9. Ken Parsons and Derek Bridges sent me a video clip and neither knows the source of the odd "cicada" sound.

10. ‘Watch a kite sweep the skies for large insects such as grasshoppers, cicadas and dragonflies.’

11. ‘On land, an unseen cicada had begun its shrill noise.’

12. ‘But even over the noise, I could hear the monotonous drone of a cicada.’

13. ‘They also occasionally eat insects, especially grasshoppers, cicadas and crickets.’

14. ‘It's getting darker earlier, the cicadas are singing, and here we are into September.’

15. ‘A crescent moon had just risen though it was not yet dark, and the cicadas were singing.’

16. ‘The dog-day cicada is dark with green markings.’

17. ‘A lone cicada will sound as loud and true as any brass band practising in an empty concert hall.’

18. ‘He goes for walk one day and witnesses a fight between a cicada and a much smaller praying mantis.’

19. ‘The sounds of crickets and cicadas filled the air in the campground.’

20. ‘She folds her arms across her chest, letting the crickets and cicadas hidden in the garden fill up the silence.’

21. ‘Their wings make a whine much like the sound of a cicada.’

22. ‘Unless you are a cicada or a mosquito, Washington DC is not considered the destination of choice at this time of year.’

23. ‘The air seemed to beat against my ear drums, vibrating with the piercing rattle of insects - cicadas, grasshoppers and huge black beetles.’

24. ‘Today, over a breakfast of orange juice and cereal, the two of them sit on Michael's back patio in the summer and listen to the cicadas sing.’

25. ‘The cicadas make themselves known on these hot days and they're quite loud from the casuarina trees immediately behind the sand.’

26. ‘It is a jungle resort where the hill villas are surrounded by lush greenery containing the sounds of screeching monkeys and chattering cicadas.’

27. ‘The hum of the cicadas was softening to a barely audible moan.’

28. ‘If cicadas come out when few predators are around, they flourish.’

29. ‘They are nothing like the cicadas, which pop up every 17 years and make one heck of a racket, then disappear quietly.’

30. cicadas, like other bugs, are insects

Other users have misspelling cicada as:

1. scada 30.63%

2. cycadeae 7.21%

3. chocado 2.7%

4. caiceddo 0.9%

5. Other 58.56%

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