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June 25, 2015

How do you pronounce Cicada?

Filed under: FAQs — Dan @ 8:35 pm

According to the dictionary: “si-kah-da” or “si-kay-da”. Either way is good.

Around New York and New Jersey folks pronounce it “si-kah-da”. William T. Davis pronounced it “si-kah-da”. Davis was a naturalist and entomologist located in Staten Island, NY, active in the late 1800′s and early 1900′s. Davis collected the largest collection of cicadas in the United States. The collection is currently housed at the Staten Island Museum.

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