[si-key-duh, -kah-]
noun, plural cicadas, cicadae [si-key-dee, -kah-] .
any large homopterous insect of the family Cicadidae, the male of which produces a shrill sound by means of vibrating membranes on the underside of the abdomen.

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin cicāda Unabridged
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cicada or cicala (sɪˈkɑːdə)
n , pl -das, -dae, -las, -le
any large broad insect of the homopterous family Cicadidae, most common in warm regions. Cicadas have membranous wings and the males produce a high-pitched drone by vibration of a pair of drumlike abdominal organs
[C19: from Latin]
cicala or cicala (sɪˈkɑːdə, -diː, -leɪ)
[C19: from Latin]

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Word Origin & History

early 15c., from L., lit. "tree cricket."
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Example sentences
Scientists are still trying to crack this and other cicada mysteries.
Also, depending on the year, the well-known cicada hatch often happens for a
  brief period in late spring or early summer.
Usually they eat small insects, but sometimes you can see them catch a
  butterfly or a cicada.
The sounds include courtship calls, and squawking sounds when the cicada is
  handled or disturbed.
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