capitalized : a genus (the type of the family Gryllidae) of crickets once construed as including all known crickets but now restricted to certain typical Old World forms compare acheta
plural grylli
[Latin] : a comic combination of animals or of animal and human forms in Greco-Roman glyptic art especially in intaglios

Word History


New Latin, from Latin, cricket, grasshopper, a kind of comic figure, from Greek gryllos Egyptian dance, performer of an Egyptian dance, comic figure, caricature

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“Gryllus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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