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tettix (plural tettixes)
- 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:
- 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, 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.