katydid

[key-tee-did]
noun
any of several large, usually green, American long-horned grasshoppers, the males of which produce a characteristic song.

Origin:
1745–55, Americanism; imitative

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katydid (ˈkeɪtɪˌdɪd)
 
n
any typically green long-horned grasshopper of the genus Microcentrum and related genera, living among the foliage of trees in North America
 
[C18: of imitative origin]

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katydid
insect of the locust family (Microsentrum rhombifolium), 1784, Amer.Eng. (perhaps first used by John Bartram), imitative of the stridulous sound the male makes when it rubs its front wings together.
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Example sentences
The bug's strong back legs can propel the katydid into the air.
Closer inspection reveals a gorgeous, strikingly marked katydid hiding among the foliage.
The katydid is a leaflike insect which camouflages on leaves.
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