[ si-key-duh, -kah- ]
/ sɪˈkeɪ də, -ˈkɑ- /

noun, plural ci·ca·das, ci·ca·dae [si-key-dee, -kah-] /sɪˈkeɪ di, -ˈkɑ-/.

any large homopterous insect of the family Cicadidae, the male of which produces a shrill sound by means of vibrating membranes on the underside of the abdomen.


Nearby words

  1. cibber,
  2. cibber, colley,
  3. cibola,
  4. ciborium,
  5. cica,
  6. cicada killer,
  7. cicala,
  8. cicatrectomy,
  9. cicatrice,
  10. cicatricial alopecia

Origin of cicada

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin cicāda Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cicada



/ (sɪˈkɑːdə) /

noun plural -das, -dae (-diː), -las or -le (-leɪ)

any large broad insect of the homopterous family Cicadidae, most common in warm regions. Cicadas have membranous wings and the males produce a high-pitched drone by vibration of a pair of drumlike abdominal organs

Word Origin for cicada

C19: from Latin

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Word Origin and History for cicada



late 14c., from Latin cicada "cicada, tree cricket," not a native Latin word; perhaps a loan-word from a lost Mediterranean language.

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