- See under cricket1(def 1).
Origin of tree cricket
- any of several jumping, orthopterous insects of the family Gryllidae, characterized by long antennae and stridulating organs on the forewings of the male, as one of the species commonly found in pastures and meadows (field cricket) or on trees and shrubs (tree cricket).
- a small metal toy with a flat metal spring that snaps back and forth with a clicking, cricketlike noise when pressed.
Origin of cricket1
Examples from the Web for tree cricket
- any insect of the orthopterous family Gryllidae, having long antennae and, in the males, the ability to produce a chirping sound (stridulation) by rubbing together the leathery forewings
- any of various related insects, such as the mole cricket
- a game played by two teams of eleven players on a field with a wicket at either end of a 22-yard pitch, the object being for one side to score runs by hitting a hard leather-covered ball with a bat while the other side tries to dismiss them by bowling, catching, running them out, etc
- (as modifier)a cricket bat
- not cricket informal not fair play
- to play cricket
- a small low stool
Word Origin and History for tree cricket
the insect, early 14c., from Old French criquet (12c.) "a cricket," from criquer "to creak, rattle, crackle," of echoic origin.
the game, 1590s, apparently from Old French criquet "goal post, stick," perhaps from Middle Dutch/Middle Flemish cricke "stick, staff," perhaps from the same root as crutch. Sense of "fair play" is first recorded 1851, on notion of "cricket as it should be played."
Idioms and Phrases with tree cricket
see not cricket.