any of a family (Cicadidae) of large, flylike homopteran insects with transparent wings: the male makes a loud, shrill sound by vibrating a special organ on its undersurface
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See cicada in American Heritage Dictionary 4
nounpl.ci·ca·das or ci·ca·dae(-dēˌ)
Any of various insects of the family Cicadidae, having a broad head, membranous wings, and in the male a pair of resonating organs that produce a characteristic high-pitched, droning sound. Also called cicala.