Definition of cicada
cicadaeplay \-ˈkā-(ˌ)dē, -ˈkä-\
: 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
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Dan pointed out that this is particularly interesting because the fungus is able to prey upon cicadas despite their long, 17-year life cycle.
From North Carolina to New Jersey and Ohio to Indiana, Brood X cicadas are suddenly popping up in the United States.
Legendary periodical cicada researcher C.L. Marlatt called them stragglers back in 1898.
Every new building, road or other construction destroys cicada habitat and divides the brood.
Scientists are asking residents to help them figure it out, using online reporting tools that didn't exist during earlier cicada cycles.
But, as with many wildlife species, trouble is brewing in the cicada world.
There are certain sounds that are distinctly Southern, like the hum of cicadas or the rumble of hot thunder every afternoon in the summer.
Adult female cicadas deposit eggs in the twigs of trees and large shrubs, after which, in six to 10 weeks, newborn nymphs drop to the ground and burrow in for 17 years, feeding off the juices of tree roots.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of cicada
New Latin, genus name, from Latin, cicada
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
CICADA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cicada for English Language Learners
: a large insect
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Definition of cicada for Students
: an insect that has transparent wings and a stout body and the males of which make a loud buzzing noise
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