- any of several large, usually green, American long-horned grasshoppers, the males of which produce a characteristic song.
Origin of katydid
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The katydid, for instance, must die with the approach of fall.The Meaning of Evolution
Samuel Christian Schmucker
They couldn't find the katydid in any place, and they had looked everywhere.
Woe to the katydid if it were anything but this bright green!
That is a very rare form of a katydid, which lives only in the upper air.The Motor Boys in the Clouds
Presently it was answered from a neighbouring island by a katydid.Tales from Blackwood
- any typically green long-horned grasshopper of the genus Microcentrum and related genera, living among the foliage of trees in North America
Word Origin for katydid
insect of the locust family (Microsentrum rhombifolium), 1784, American English (perhaps first used by John Bartram), imitative of the stridulous sound the male makes when it rubs its front wings together. The sound itself is more accurately transcribed from 1751 as catedidist.