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katydid

noun ka·ty·did \ˈkā-tē-ˌdid\

: a large green insect that looks like a large grasshopper

Full Definition of KATYDID

:  any of various large green American long-horned grasshoppers usually having stridulating organs on the forewings of the males that produce a loud shrill sound
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Origin of KATYDID

imitative
First Known Use: 1784
KATYDID Defined for Kids

katydid

noun ka·ty·did \ˈkā-tē-ˌdid\

Definition of KATYDID for Kids

:  a large green American grasshopper with males that make shrill noises

Word History of KATYDID

Some people like to pretend that the sounds insects make are words. When a male katydid rubs his front wings together, it makes a rough noise. Some think it sounds as if he says, Katy did, Katy didn't, over and over. That is how the katydid got its name.

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