tree cricket

tree cricket

tree cricket ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. See under cricket1(def 1).

Origin of tree cricket An Americanism dating back to 1855–60 cricket 1[krik-it] noun

  1. any of several jumping, orthopterous insects of the family Gryllidae, characterized by long antennae and stridulating organs on the forewings of the male, as one of the species commonly found in pastures and meadows (field cricket) or on trees and shrubs (tree cricket).
  2. a small metal toy with a flat metal spring that snaps back and forth with a clicking, cricketlike noise when pressed.

Origin of cricket 1 1275–1325; Middle English criket insect Old French criquet, equivalent to criqu(er) to creak (imitative) + -et -et Related formscrick·et·like, adjective Examples from the Web for tree cricket Historical Examples of tree cricket

  • My trees are troubled with roundhead borers, and my apples with codling-moth and tree-cricket.

    The Apple


  • The shrill screech of a tree-cricket, breaking forth at that moment, hindered me from hearing the reply.

    The Wild Huntress

    Mayne Reid

  • British Dictionary definitions for tree cricket cricket 1 noun

    1. any insect of the orthopterous family Gryllidae, having long antennae and, in the males, the ability to produce a chirping sound (stridulation) by rubbing together the leathery forewings
    2. any of various related insects, such as the mole cricket

    Word Origin for cricket C14: from Old French criquet, from criquer to creak, of imitative origin cricket 2 noun

      1. a game played by two teams of eleven players on a field with a wicket at either end of a 22-yard pitch, the object being for one side to score runs by hitting a hard leather-covered ball with a bat while the other side tries to dismiss them by bowling, catching, running them out, etc
      2. (as modifier)a cricket bat
    1. not cricket informal not fair play

    verb (intr)

    1. to play cricket

    Derived Formscricketer, nounWord Origin for cricket C16: from Old French criquet goalpost, wicket, of uncertain origin cricket 3 noun

    1. a small low stool

    Word Origin for cricket C17: of unknown origin Word Origin and History for tree cricket cricket n.1

    the insect, early 14c., from Old French criquet (12c.) “a cricket,” from criquer “to creak, rattle, crackle,” of echoic origin.

    cricket n.2

    the game, 1590s, apparently from Old French criquet “goal post, stick,” perhaps from Middle Dutch/Middle Flemish cricke “stick, staff,” perhaps from the same root as crutch. Sense of “fair play” is first recorded 1851, on notion of “cricket as it should be played.”

    Idioms and Phrases with tree cricket cricket

    see not cricket.

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