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cicada

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

Simple Definition of cicada

  • : a large insect

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cicada

plural cicadas also cicadaeplay \-ˈkā-(ˌ)dē, -ˈkä-\

  1. :  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

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CICADA Defined for Kids

cicada

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noun ci·ca·da \sə-ˈkā-də\

Definition of cicada for Students

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




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