Meaning of “cicada” in the English Dictionary


"cicada" in English

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cicadanoun [ C ]

uk /sɪˈkɑː.də/ us /sɪˈkɑː.də/ plural cicadas

Examples from literature

  • At the end of seventeen years the cicadas come up out of the earth in great swarms. 
  • Everywhere the cicadas kept the heat vibrating with their strident buzz. 
  • He has brought us the cast-off skin of a cicada to look at. 
  • In the South it takes only thirteen years for these cicadas to develop. 
  • The cicada sticks it into a leaf or young twig to suck out the juice. 

(Definition of “cicada” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cicada" in American English

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cicadanoun [ C ]

us /səˈkeɪd·ə, -ˈkɑ·də/ plural cicadas

a large insect with transparent wings which it rubs together to produce a high, continuous sound esp. when the weather is hot:

Cicadas buzzing in the maple trees is the sound of hot summer.

(Definition of “cicada” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)