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Any of several cicadas of the genus Tibicen that produce a shrill sound heard late in summer.
ci•ca•da(sɪˈkeɪ də, -ˈkɑ-)
n., pl. -das, -dae (-dē).
a large homopterous insect of the family Cicadidae, maturing in cycles of 5 to 17 years, the adult male producing a prolonged shrill sound by vibrating a set of membranes on its underside.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin]