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noun ci·ca·da \sə-ˈkā-də, -ˈkä-; sī-ˈkā-\

: a large insect

plural ci·ca·das also ci·ca·dae\-ˈkā-(ˌ)dē, -ˈkä-\

Full Definition of CICADA

:  any of a family (Cicadidae) of homopterous insects which have a stout body, wide blunt head, and large transparent wings and the males of which produce a loud buzzing noise usually by stridulation

Origin of CICADA

New Latin, genus name, from Latin, cicada
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Insect Terms

drone, entomology, gadfly, pismire, proboscis, vespine
CICADAE Defined for Kids


noun ci·ca·da \sə-ˈkā-də\

Definition of CICADA for Kids

:  an insect that has transparent wings and a stout body and the males of which make a loud buzzing noise


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