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Word of the Day – Katydid

By November 1, 2018 Word of the Day

Katydid (noun)

kay-tee-did

A large, typically green, bush cricket that is native to North America. The male makes a characteristic sound which resembles the name.

Onomatopoeic

Example sentences

“The garden was overrun, katydids everywhere.”

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