any of several large, usually green, American long-horned grasshoppers, the males of which produce a characteristic song.

Origin of katydid

An Americanism dating back to 1745–55; imitative
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Historical Examples of katydid

  • The katydid, for instance, must die with the approach of fall.

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    Samuel Christian Schmucker

  • They couldn't find the katydid in any place, and they had looked everywhere.

    Little Busybodies

    Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody

  • Woe to the katydid if it were anything but this bright green!

    Little Busybodies

    Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody

  • That is a very rare form of a katydid, which lives only in the upper air.

  • Presently it was answered from a neighbouring island by a katydid.

British Dictionary definitions for katydid



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

C18: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History 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.

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