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[key-tee-did] /ˈkeɪ ti dɪd/
any of several large, usually green, American long-horned grasshoppers, the males of which produce a characteristic song.
Origin of katydid
1745-55, Americanism; imitative Unabridged
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  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for katydid


any typically green long-horned grasshopper of the genus Microcentrum and related genera, living among the foliage of trees in North America
Word Origin
C18: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for katydid

insect of the locust family (Microsentrum rhombifolium), 1784, American English (perhaps first used by John Bartram), imitative of the stridulous sound the male makes when it rubs its front wings together. The sound itself is more accurately transcribed from 1751 as catedidist.

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