Cicada 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} or of the family {Cicadidae}. 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 ({Cicada septendecim}) is called the {seventeen year locust}. Another common species is the {dogday cicada}.

Syn: cicala. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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