seventeen-year locust

noun

: a cicada (Magicicada septendecim) of the U.S. that lives most of its life as a wingless underground nymph and emerges from the ground after seventeen years in the North and after thirteen years in the South to spend only a few weeks as a winged adult

Word History

First Known Use

1817, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of seventeen-year locust was in 1817

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“Seventeen-year locust.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/seventeen-year%20locust. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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seventeen-year locust

noun

: a cicada of the U.S. with a life span of seventeen years in the North and of thirteen years in the South that spends only a few weeks as a winged adult and lives most of its life as a wingless underground nymph which feeds on roots
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