seventeen-year locust


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seventeen-year locust

n.
Any of three species of periodical cicadas that have 17-year life cycles, found chiefly in northern regions of the eastern United States.

seventeen-year locust

n
(Animals) an E North American cicada, Magicicada septemdecim, appearing in great numbers at infrequent intervals because its nymphs take 13 or 17 years to mature. Also called: periodical cicada

seventeen′-year` lo′cust


n.
a cicada, Magicicada septendecim, of the eastern U.S., having nymphs that live in the soil, usu. emerging in great numbers after 17 years in the North or 13 years in the South. Also called periodical cicada.
[1810–20]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.seventeen-year locust - North American cicadaseventeen-year locust - North American cicada; appears in great numbers at infrequent intervals because the nymphs take 13 to 17 years to mature
cicada, cicala - stout-bodied insect with large membranous wings; male has drum-like organs for producing a high-pitched drone
genus Magicicada, Magicicada - seventeen-year locust
References in classic literature ?
If we have had the seven-years' itch, we have not seen the seventeen-year locust yet in Concord.
Who knows what sort of seventeen-year locust will next come out of the ground?
It was beset by a throng of promoters and stock-jobbers, who fell upon it and upon the public like a swarm of seventeen-year locusts.