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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...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'