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



BrE BrE//sɪˈkɑːdə//
; NAmE NAmE//sɪˈkeɪdə//
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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 Originlate Middle English: from Latin cicada, cicala.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cicada