follow Dictionary.com

11 Trending Words of 2014

katydid

[key-tee-did] /ˈkeɪ ti dɪd/
noun
1.
any of several large, usually green, American long-horned grasshoppers, the males of which produce a characteristic song.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55, Americanism; imitative
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for katydids
  • The eggs of katydids are oval shaped and laid in branches and are laid in lines.
British Dictionary definitions for katydids

katydid

/ˈkeɪtɪˌdɪd/
noun
1.
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for katydids

katydid

n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for katydid

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for katydids

17
16
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for katydids