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katydid

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noun ka·ty·did \ˈkā-tē-ˌdid\

Simple Definition of katydid

  • : a large green insect that looks like a large grasshopper

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of katydid

  1. :  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 and Etymology of katydid

imitative


First Known Use: 1784


KATYDID Defined for Kids

katydid

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noun ka·ty·did \ˈkā-tē-ˌdid\

Definition of katydid for Students

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



History for 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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