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2011-05-15 07:35:00

Throughout the southern United States and as far north as Illinois and Indiana, the noisy sounds of billions of red-eyed cicadas are ringing out for the first time since 1998.After living quietly underground for the past 13 years, the insects -- dubbed the "Great Southern Brood" by scientists -- are emerging to mate and quickly die off.One traveler through the area said he heard a high-pitched whirring so loud he thought the engine of his truck was overheating. "I was getting ready to raise...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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