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These insect parents resemble tiny cicadas, with transparent wings held over their bodies as mini-roofs.
The nature of his wound was the clock-cicada winding down.
The first sound is a cicada’s piercing shrill, which violently cuts out mid-chirp.
There are those who drift off by instructing their Amazon Alexa or Google Home to play recordings of babbling brooks and cicadas.
The cacophony of Shahid’s cries and the cicada drone almost felled me.
And understandably so: To their many detractors, redistricting consultants surface every 10 years, cicada-like, to ravage the landscape of minority parties in state legislatures and Congress.
Different species—there are some 3,000 cicada species in total—have different frequencies and patterns, enabling them to tell each other apart.
There are certain sounds that are distinctly Southern, like the hum of cicadas or the rumble of hot thunder every afternoon in the summer.
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Members of a family of insects, cicadas have a stout body, wide blunt head, two pairs of transparent wings, prominent compound eyes, and three simple eyes. Most of the 1,500 known species are found in tropical deserts, grasslands, and forests. Males produce loud noises by vibrating membranes near the base of the abdomen. Most North. American cicadas produce rhythmical ticks, buzzes, or whines, though the "song" of some species is musical. Periodic cicadas, including the well-known 17-year cicada (often erroneously called the 17-year locust) and 13-year cicada appear in regular cycles. Their larvae burrow into the ground, where they remain for 13 or 17 years, feeding on juices sucked from roots. Then they emerge in large numbers to live aboveground as adults for a single week.
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: a large insect
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