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Calliopenjo
10-24-2010, 02:25 AM
Hi there,

I'm not sure how to phrase the question, so please bare with me.

If bees buzz, crickets chirp, what do cicadas do? Whine? :Shrug:

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

alleycat
10-24-2010, 02:31 AM
click?
sing?
buzz? Their name is from the Latin for buzz.

Can you just use "the sound of the cicadas . . . "?

Sydneyd
10-24-2010, 02:32 AM
I did some research and many websites describe it as a buzzing, whirring, ratcheting or snapping sound. I watched a youtube video and to me it sounds like electricity.

Soooo maybe they, buzwhirratchshap?

alleycat
10-24-2010, 02:33 AM
"whirring" is not a bad suggestion.

WalkingContradiction
10-24-2010, 02:42 AM
I would have said 'to chirp', but I'm not even a native speaker. Translating from German, my online dictionary also suggests 'to chirr'.

Calliopenjo
10-24-2010, 02:52 AM
I'll go with whirring. Thanks guys.

:bigkiss:

Rowan
10-24-2010, 05:26 AM
I was going to chime in with singing or buzzing (per Wikipedia page). :)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cicada

pdr
10-24-2010, 01:01 PM
I believe the tech term is that they stridulate.

RandomJerk
10-24-2010, 05:11 PM
I think I've most often read/heard the term "buzzing" used. And I can't stand the damned things. Sound drives me nuts.

Summonere
10-24-2010, 07:54 PM
Around here, where the wind comes sweeping down the plains, we just say they buzz.

shadowwalker
10-24-2010, 09:25 PM
Buzzing, whining, chattering, keening, humming (like power lines)...

Calliopenjo
10-24-2010, 10:59 PM
Thanks guys. :)

RJK
10-25-2010, 06:54 PM
How about clittered?