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.

Examples of katydid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Scientists do not know exactly when insects started to first make or hear sounds, but the fossil record provides a minimum date: a katydid from around 250 million years ago has the sound-producing anatomy characteristic of this group. Michael B. Habib, Scientific American, 1 Jan. 2022 To study their songs, Martinson puts a katydid in a recording studio, which is a mesh box with a miniature microphone. Washington Post, 24 May 2021 Grasshoppers and katydids can be repelled with Surround WP. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 11 May 2020 The variety and specificity of these dispatches is delightful—there are appearances from katydids and coyotes, peaceful moments during storms, even an underwater recording from a canal in Ireland. Erin Berger, Outside Online, 1 May 2020 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, 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, 19 Jan. 2017 Wing veins are often used to tell katydid species apart. Peter Kirk, National Geographic, 9 Jan. 2017 But Naskrecki’s katydid will be confirmed as a new species. Richard Conniff, Smithsonian, 29 Mar. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of katydid

1784, in the meaning defined above

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“Katydid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/katydid. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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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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