tree cricket

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1855–60, Americanism Unabridged


1 [krik-it]
any of several jumping, orthopterous insects of the family Gryllidae, characterized by long antennae and stridulating organs on the forewings of the male, as one of the species commonly found in pastures and meadows (field cricket) or on trees and shrubs (tree cricket)
a small metal toy with a flat metal spring that snaps back and forth with a clicking, cricketlike noise when pressed.

1275–1325; Middle English criket insect < Old French criquet, equivalent to criqu(er) to creak (imitative) + -et -et

cricketlike, adjective Unabridged
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cricket1 (ˈkrɪkɪt)
1.  any insect of the orthopterous family Gryllidae, having long antennae and, in the males, the ability to produce a chirping sound (stridulation) by rubbing together the leathery forewings
2.  any of various related insects, such as the mole cricket
[C14: from Old French criquet, from criquer to creak, of imitative origin]

cricket2 (ˈkrɪkɪt)
1.  a.  a game played by two teams of eleven players on a field with a wicket at either end of a 22-yard pitch, the object being for one side to score runs by hitting a hard leather-covered ball with a bat while the other side tries to dismiss them by bowling, catching, running them out, etc
 b.  (as modifier): a cricket bat
2.  informal not cricket not fair play
3.  to play cricket
[C16: from Old French criquet goalpost, wicket, of uncertain origin]

cricket3 (ˈkrɪkɪt)
a small low stool
[C17: of unknown origin]

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Word Origin & History

"insect," early 14c., from O.Fr. criquet (12c.), from criquer "to creak, rattle, crackle," of echoic origin.

"game," 1598, apparently from O.Fr. criquet "goal post, stick," perhaps from M.Du./M.Flem. cricke "stick, staff." Sense of "fair play" is first recorded 1851, on notion of "cricket as it should be played."
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