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cricket (krîk´ît) noun
Any of various insects of the family Gryllidae, having long internal linkantennae and legs adapted for leaping. The males of many species produce a shrill chirping sound by rubbing the front wings together.

[Middle English criket, from Old French criquet, from criquer, to click, of imitative origin.]


cricket (krîk´ît) noun
1.Sports. An outdoor game played with internal linkbats, a ball, and wickets by two teams of 11 players each.
2.Good sportsmanship and fair conduct: It's not cricket to cheat at cards.

verb, intransitive
cricketed, cricketing, crickets
To play the game of cricket.

[Obsolete French criquet, piece of wood, from Old French, stick for a bowling game, perhaps from Middle Dutch cricke, walking stick.]
- crick´eter or  crick´eteer´ (-î-tîr´) noun


cricket (krîk´ît) noun
A small wooden footstool.

[Origin unknown.]

Cricket (insect)

Cricket (insect), common name for insects of a family known for the chirping courtship call of the male. The male produces the call by rubbing a internal linkgrooved ridge on the underside of one of his front wings against the sharp edge of the other front wing. The call, which is distinctive in each species, is used to attract the female and drive away competing males. True crickets include the familiar black field cricket (genus Gryllus) and the house cricket (Acheta domesticus). Crickets have long internal linkantennae and hind legs adapted for jumping; organs for hearing are located on their front legs. During daylight hours, crickets remain hidden, but at night they emerge to feed on plants.
Scientific classification: True crickets make up the family Gryllidae in the order Orthoptera, which also includes grasshoppers and katydids.

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Holly, Buddy

Holly, Buddy (1938-1959), American rock-and-roll singer, instrumentalist, and songwriter, one of the first major performers of rock music. He was born in Lubbock, Texas. Holly recorded both alone and as lead performer with the Crickets, for which he co-wrote the best-selling "That'll Be the Day" (1957). The same year his solo single "Peggy Sue" became a hit. Holly and the Crickets had a regular radio show (1955-1958) and toured all over the world. Holly's phenomenal career was abruptly ended when he died in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.

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