Ach·​e·​ta | \ ˈa-kə-tə \

Definition of Acheta

: a genus of crickets including the common American house crickets and field crickets

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First Known Use of Acheta

circa 1771, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Acheta

New Latin, from Latin, male cicada, from Greek (Doric dialect) acheta, achetas (Greek ēcheta, ēchetēs), literally, chirping one, from acheta, achetas, adjective, shrill, chirping, from (Doric dialect) achein to sound, ring (Greek ēchein)

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The first known use of Acheta was circa 1771

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“Acheta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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