ka·​ty·​did | \ ˈkā-tē-ˌdid How to pronounce katydid (audio) \

Definition of katydid

: 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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Some animal names have been created through imitation of the sounds the animals make. The name katydid is an example of this process. These insects were given this name because the noise they make was thought to sound like “Katy-did, Katy-didn't” repeated over and over.

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Recent Examples on the Web New insect species are discovered on a regular basis—just this month researchers detailed a wasp that takes over another species' mind, a moth that was named after Donald Trump and two species of katydid in Borneo whose females are pink. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "This 100-Million-Year-Old Insect Trapped in Amber Defines New Order," 31 Jan. 2017 There’s just something about a southern TV show—the manners, the accents, the katydids chirping in the background, heck, even the familiar dusty boots the characters wear remind us of home. Southern Living, "The 9 Best Southern TV Shows of All Time," 19 Jan. 2017 Wing veins are often used to tell katydid species apart. Peter Kirk, National Geographic, "Two New Bug Species Have All-Pink Females," 9 Jan. 2017 But Naskrecki’s katydid will be confirmed as a new species. Richard Conniff, Smithsonian, "A New Age of Discovery Is Happening Right Now in the Remote Forests of Suriname," 29 Mar. 2017 Male dance flies, katydids and certain spiders offer a free meal to the objects of their affection Joshua Rapp Learn, Smithsonian, "Why Snail Sex Is Like a Box of Chocolates," 20 July 2017 When the darkness crept in, the cool did, too, and confused crickets and katydids started their goodnight chorus. Beth Thames, AL.com, "If you didn't look up, did the eclipse still happen?," 23 Aug. 2017 Male katydids, for example, produce a spermatophore during mating that can be up to 30 percent of their body mass, which contains both ejaculate and a mass of edible jelly. Joshua Rapp Learn, Smithsonian, "Why Snail Sex is Like a Box of Chocolates," 21 July 2017 Yuqing Zhu The Idaho Statesman Mormon crickets are actually flightless katydids and not true crickets. Hailey Ross And Katy Moeller, idahostatesman, "Mormon crickets are back — 3 inches long and wreaking havoc in Idaho," 13 July 2017

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First Known Use of katydid

1784, in the meaning defined above

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“Katydid.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/katydid. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of katydid

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


ka·​ty·​did | \ ˈkā-tē-ˌdid How to pronounce katydid (audio) \

Kids Definition of katydid

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

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