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
Recent Examples of katydid from the Web
This katydid mimics its surroundings with its leaf-like body and hind legs.
Then turning in early to the noise of katydids and switch-yards, car doors closing and voices in the street laughing into another night.
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.
Wing veins are often used to tell katydid species apart.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of katydid
First Known Use: 1784See Words from the same year
KATYDID Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of katydid for English Language Learners
: a large green insect that looks like a large grasshopper
KATYDID Defined for Kids
Definition of katydid for Students
: 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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