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cicadas


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cicada  \Ci*ca"da\  (s[i^]*k[=a]"d[.a]),  n.;  pl  E.  {Cicadas} 
  (-d[.a]z),  L.  {Cicad[ae]}  (-d[=e]).  [L.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  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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