sev|en|teen-year locust

sev|en|teen-year locust
sev|en|teen-year locust «SEHV uhn TEEN YIHR»,
a cicada of the United States that requires from thirteen to seventeen years to develop from egg to adult; periodical cicada. The larva burrows underground and feeds on roots, emerging to live a short time as an adult. »

Seventeen-year locusts…climb trees in the summer and produce a lonesome continuous singing (A. M. Winchester).

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  • seventeen-year locust — /sev euhn teen year / a cicada, Magicicada septendecim, of the eastern U.S., having nymphs that live in the soil, usually emerging in great numbers after 17 years in the North or 13 years in the South. Also called periodical cicada. [1810 20] * * …   Universalium

  • seventeen-yearlocust — sev·en·teen year locust (sĕvʹən tēn yîr ) n. See periodical cicada. * * * …   Universalium

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