katydid

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noun ka·ty·did \ˈkā-tē-ˌdid\

Definition of katydid

  1. :  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

Did You Know?

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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Origin and Etymology of katydid

imitative


First Known Use: 1784


KATYDID Defined for English Language Learners

katydid

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noun ka·ty·did \ˈkā-tē-ˌdid\

Definition of katydid for English Language Learners

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


KATYDID Defined for Kids

katydid

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noun ka·ty·did \ˈkā-tē-ˌdid\

Definition of katydid for Students

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

History for katydid

Some people like to pretend that the sounds insects make are words. When a male katydid rubs his front wings together, it makes a rough noise. Some think it sounds as if he says, “Katy did, Katy didn't,” over and over. That is how the katydid got its name.


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