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Definition of cicada:

  1. Any species of the genus Cicada. They are large hemipterous insects, with nearly transparent wings. The male makes a shrill sound by peculiar organs in the under side of the abdomen, consisting of a pair of stretched membranes, acted upon by powerful muscles. A noted American species ( C. septendecim) is called the seventeen year locust. Another common species is the dogday cicada.

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cicala.

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