nounpl. -·das or -·dae
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
Origin of cicadaMiddle English from Classical Latin
nounpl. ci·ca·das, or ci·ca·dae
Any of various insects chiefly 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.
Origin of cicadaMiddle English from Latin cicāda
(plural cicadas or cicadae)
- (periodical cicada): seventeen-year locust, decim periodical cicada
Borrowed from Latin cicada, ultimately onomatopoeic.