Definition of cicada noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

cicada

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//sɪˈkɑːdə//
 
; NAmE NAmE//sɪˈkeɪdə//
 
Invertebrates
 
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a large insect with transparent wings, common in hot countries. The male makes a continuous high sound after dark by making two membranes (= pieces of thin skin) on its body vibrate (= move very fast). Cicadas buzzed in the heat of the day. See related entries: Invertebrates Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin cicada, cicala.
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