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tettix (plural tettixes)
- A cicada, especially one in Greece.
1776, Richard Chandler, “chapter LXXXII”, in Travels in Asia Minor: Or An Account of a Tour Made at the Expense of the Society of Dilettanti, 2nd edition, London: Sold by J[ames] Dodsley, J[ames] Robson, T[homas] Cadell, P[eter] Elmsley, and G. Robinson, London; and by D. Prince, Oxford, OCLC 221348775, pages 276–277:
- [T]he Tettix or Cicada in the day time is extremely troubleſome. It is a brown inſect reſembling a chafer, with wings much longer than its body, and thin like thoſe of a fly. It ſits on the buſhes and trees, making with its wings, as is affirmed by Heſiod, a very loud, ugly, ſcreaking noise. When one begins, others join, and the diſagreeable concert becomes univerſal; then a dead pauſe enſues; and then, as it were on a ſignal, it commences again. 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.
1989, Helen King, “Tithonos and the Tettix”, in Thomas M. Falkner and Judith de Luce, editors, Old Age in Greek and Latin Literature (SUNY Series in Classical Studies), Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press, ISBN 978-0-7914-0030-2, 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.