Any of various insects of the family Gryllidae, having long antennae 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.]
1.Sports. An outdoor game played with bats, 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.
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
A small wooden footstool.
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 grooved
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 antennae
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.
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.