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Cicada, large insect (order Homoptera) known for its monotonous whining song produced by the rapidly vibrating, drumlike membranes on the male's abdomen (the female is mute). The larvae develop in the soil, feeding on roots; the periodical cicada (genus Magicicada) spends 17 years underground and live for 1 week above it.

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