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cicala

[ si-kah-luh; Italian chee-kah-lah ]
/ sɪˈkɑ lə; Italian tʃiˈkɑ lɑ /
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noun, plural ci·ca·las, Italian ci·ca·le [chi-kah-le]. /tʃɪˈkɑ lɛ/.

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Origin of cicala

<Italian <Latin cicādacicada
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British Dictionary definitions for cicala

cicala
/ (sɪˈkɑːlə, Italian tʃiˈkala) /

noun plural -las or -le (-leɪ, Italian -le)

another name for cicada

Word Origin for cicala

C19: from Italian, from Latin: cicada
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