tettix

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek τέττιξ ‎(téttix) or perhaps a modern Greek descendant thereof.

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Noun[edit]

tettix ‎(plural tettixes)

  1. A cicada, especially one in Greece.
    • 1825, Richard Chandler, Travels in Asia Minor, and Greece: or, An account of a tour made at the expense of the Society of dilettanti[1]:
      Dionysius of Syracuse signified his resolution to burn and lay waste the territory of a people, with whom he had a quarrel, when he said, that, if they refused to comply with his demands, their tettixes should sing on the ground.
    • 1974, Guy Davenport, Tatlin!:
      that Greek waste silent but for the risp of the tettix and the wash of listless wind through the spare grass.
    • 1989, Thomas M. Falkner, Old Age in Greek and Latin Literature[2], page 75:
      The woman who had lived on no food at all, however, recalls once more the insect into which Tithonos was transformed: the tettix, which was believed to exist without food or drink, or only on dew, or on dew and air.