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doc Definition of cicada
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    noun
  • stout-bodied insect with large membranous wings; male has drum-like organs for producing a high-pitched drone
  • source: WordNet 3.0
  • 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.
  • source: Webster 1913
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