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.