katydid

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n katydid large green long-horned grasshopper of North America; males produce shrill sounds by rubbing together special organs on the forewings
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The katydid bug hears through holes in its hind legs.
    • n Katydid (Zoöl) A large, green, arboreal, orthopterous insect (Cyrtophyllus concavus) of the family Locustidæ, common in the United States. The males have stridulating organs at the bases of the front wings. During the summer and autumn, in the evening, the males make a peculiar, loud, shrill sound, resembling the combination Katy-did, whence the name.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The katydid has supersonic hearing. It can hear sounds up to 4-5,000 vibrations per second.
    • n katydid An orthopterousinsect of the family Locustidœ of large size, green color, and arboreal habits. Its note (which is imitated by its name) is produced by stridulation. The common katydid is Cyrtophyllum or Platyphyllum concavum. It is abundant in the central and eastern United States, where its shrilling call is one of the most familiar sounds of a summer night. The wing-covers are long, entirely covering the hind wings, and of a pretty pale-green color. By means of the long similar-shaped ovipositor, the eggs are pushed into crevices in the soft bark and stems of plants. The round-winged katydids are several species of Amblycorypha, as A. rotundifolia, abundant in the northern United States and Canada. Microcentrum retinervis is the angular-winged katydid. Another katydid, of slender form, is Phaneroptera curvicauda.
    • n katydid Same as logging-wheels.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Katydid kā-ti-did′ an American insect akin to the grasshopper.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Imit. of its note.

Usage

In literature:

How drowsy was the sound of the katydid, now loudening, now falling, now fainting away!
"The Riddle Of The Rocks" by Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
The Katydids she could not touch, because the Wasp cannot see at night.
"Woodland Tales" by Ernest Seton-Thompson
But Kiddie Katydid's mind was made up.
"The Tale of Kiddie Katydid" by Arthur Scott Bailey
And at last Kiddie Katydid told him that it was Mr. Nighthawk that he had heard.
"The Tale of Chirpy Cricket" by Arthur Scott Bailey
He's got a pair of shoulders on him like a drink of water, and his legs look like the runnin'-gears of a katydid.
"'Me-Smith'" by Caroline Lockhart
Oh, those are katydids.
"The Speaker, No. 5: Volume II, Issue 1" by Various
The same sort of activity has resulted in the peculiar green color of the katydid.
"The Meaning of Evolution" by Samuel Christian Schmucker
Through the windows came the voices of the cheerful katydids and the shrill tree-toads.
"The Deaves Affair" by Hulbert Footner
Have you forgotten the story of the ant and the katydid?
"Two Indian Children of Long Ago" by Frances Taylor
A thousand crickets and katydids were chirping in the grass.
"The Price of the Prairie" by Margaret Hill McCarter
But Checkers lay wide-eyed and wondering, listening to the locusts and katydids outdoing themselves in the trees outside.
"Checkers" by Henry M. Blossom
And just now, when I heard that katydid up yonder in the old locust tree, I felt just like I used to feel at Aunt Mary's.
"Clover and Blue Grass" by Eliza Calvert Hall
The katydids and tree-frogs took charge of the conversation for us.
"A Top-Floor Idyl" by George van Schaick
The call consists of a series of short, high notes, somewhat reminiscent of a katydid's song.
"The Amphibians and Reptiles of Michoacán, México" by William E. Duellman
Insects made a blur of sound in the dark and the chant of the katydids rose and fell monotonously.
"Rosalind at Red Gate" by Meredith Nicholson
It was a green cricket something like a katydid.
"Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
Then he stopped to nibble a blade of grass and visit with some Katydids who were looking on.
"Among the Meadow People" by Clara Dillingham Pierson
Orthoptera (Cockroach, Mantis, the most part undergoing { Mole-cricket, Grasshopper, Katydid, etc.).
"Taxidermy and Zoological Collecting" by William T. Hornaday
Wilbur liked to hear the noise the katydids made in the trees.
"Atlantic Narratives" by Mary Antin
Note the auditory organs (tympana) in the fore tibiae of the katydids and crickets.
"Elementary Zoology, Second Edition" by Vernon L. Kellogg
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In poetry:

From woods no glimmer enters in,
Above the streams that, wandering, win
To where the wood pool bids,
Those haunters of the dusk begin,—
The katydids.
"Evening On The Farm" by Madison Julius Cawein
The Katydid, so boisterous last night,
Clinging, inverted, in uneasy poise,
Beneath a wheat-blade, has forgotten quite
If "Katy DID or DIDN'T" make a noise.
"A Summer Afternoon" by James Whitcomb Riley
The locust harsh, that sharply saws
The silence of the summer noon;
The katydid that thinly draws
Its fine file o'er the bars of moon;
And grasshopper that drills each pause:
"Rain In The Woods" by Madison Julius Cawein
The Katydids wus callin' clar,
The fire bugs was glowin',
The smell ov clover fill'd the air.
Thet day old Spense'd bin mowin'--
With a mower yellin' drefful screams,
Like them skreeks we hear in nightmare dreams.
"Old Spense" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
The bee dreams in the cherry bloom
That sways above the berry bloom;
The katydid grates where she's hid
In leafy deeps of dreary gloom:
The forming dew is globing on the grasses,
Like rich spilled gems of some dark queen that passes.
"Falerina" by Madison Julius Cawein
When the katydid sings and the cricket cries,
And ghosts of the mists ascend;
And the evening star is a lamp i' the skies,
And summer is near its end—
It's oh, for the fence and the leafy lane,
And the twilight peace and the tryst again!
"In The Lane" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Crickets, cicadas and katydids together can form a mighty choir.
We listened to the night music of tree crickets, katydids, whippoorwills, and barking dogs.
Largest Katydid in the world for the insect petting zoo.
Meadows and fields abound with such varieties as conehead katydids and meadow katydids .
True katydids are a key phenology species.
Katydids call to attract females, and only the male will call.
True katydids generate this sound by rubbing the base of both forewings together to generate a two- or three-syllable call.
There are plenty of websites that include sound clips of katydids , but I've never been able to find anything that would help with this calculation.
Quite unlike children of old, who were admonished to "be seen, not heard," katydids are often heard but seldom seen.
Biologist Benjamin Ibler measures a giant katydid during the annual animal inventory at Zoo Berlin zoo on Dec 12, 2012, in Berlin, Germany.
Biologist Benjamin Ibler measures a giant katydid during the annual animal inventory at Zoo Berlin zoo on Dec 12, 2012, in Berlin , Germany.
Toads began to trill each evening, and the nightly chorus of crickets and katydids began.
WINDSOR — Caroline McSwain was grateful to the organizers for including training level in this weekend's Katydid Combined Driving Event.
These are red katydids, and yes, they are especially abundant this year.
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