from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A very large and somewhat loosely characterized genus of leaf-hoppers, typical of the family Tettigoniidæ. The British Museum catalogue gives 127 species, from all parts of the world—largely, however, from South America.


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  • Of the cicada there are several kinds, and they differ from one another in relative magnitude, and in this respect that the achetes or chirper is provided with a cleft or aperture under the hypozoma and has in it a membrane quite discernible, whilst the membrane is indiscernible in the tettigonia.

    The History of Animals 2002

  • And, by the way, such of the tettigonia as are divided at the waist can sing just a little.

    The History of Animals 2002


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