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cicada

[si-key-duh, -kah-] /sɪˈkeɪ də, -ˈkɑ-/
noun, plural cicadas, cicadae
[si-key-dee, -kah-] /sɪˈkeɪ di, -ˈkɑ-/ (Show IPA)
1.
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.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin cicāda
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cicada

/sɪˈkɑːdə/
noun (pl) -das, -dae (-diː), -las, -le (-leɪ)
1.
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
Word Origin
C19: from Latin
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Word Origin and History for cicadae

cicada

n.

late 14c., from Latin cicada "cicada, tree cricket," not a native Latin word; perhaps a loan-word from a lost Mediterranean language.

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