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Meaning of CICADA

Pronunciation:  si'keydu

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  stout-bodied insect with large membranous wings; male has drum-like organs for producing a high-pitched drone

CICADA is a 6 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: cicala
 See Also: Cicadidae, dog-day cicada, family Cicadidae, harvest fly, homopteran, homopterous insect, Magicicada septendecim, periodical cicada, seventeen-year locust



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ci*ca"da\ (s[i^]*k[=a]"d[.a]), n.; pl. E. {Cicadas}
(-d[.a]z), L. {Cicad[ae]} (-d[=e]). [L.] (Zo["o]l.)
Any species of the genus {Cicada}. They are large hemipterous
insects, with nearly transparent wings. The male makes a
shrill sound by peculiar organs in the under side of the
abdomen, consisting of a pair of stretched membranes, acted
upon by powerful muscles. A noted American species ({C.
septendecim}) is called the {seventeen year locust}. Another
common species is the {dogday cicada}.