cricket


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cricket \Crick"et\ (kr?k"?t), n. [OE. criket, OF. crequet,
   criquet; prob. of German origin, and akin to E. creak; cf. D.
   kriek a cricket. See Creak.] (Zool.)
   An orthopterous insect of the genus Gryllus, and allied
   genera. The males make chirping, musical notes by rubbing
   together the basal parts of the veins of the front wings.
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   Note: The common European cricket is Gryllus domesticus;
         the common large black crickets of America are {Gryllus
         niger}, Gryllus neglectus, and others.
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   Balm cricket. See under Balm.

   Cricket bird, a small European bird (Silvia locustella);
      -- called also grasshopper warbler.

   Cricket frog, a small American tree frog (Acris gryllus);
      -- so called from its chirping.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cricket \Crick"et\, n. [AS. cricc, crycc, crooked staff, crutch.
   Perh. first used in sense 1, a stool probably having been
   first used as a wicket. See Crutch.]
   1. A low stool.
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   2. A game much played in England, and sometimes in America,
      with a ball, bats, and wickets, the players being arranged
      in two contesting parties or sides.
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   3. (Arch.) A small false roof, or the raising of a portion of
      a roof, so as to throw off water from behind an obstacle,
      such as a chimney.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cricket \Crick"et\, v. i.
   To play at cricket. --Tennyson.
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