[Fr.] An insect with a sharp voice found under the floors of houses in Europe. Whatever is moist they seek for, and they will eat yeast, crumbs, milk, or kitchen refuse. The noise of the cricket is produced by the male. He raises his horny wing-cases and rubs them briskly together. The sound he makes is cree-cree, hence his name. In Africa crickets are fed in a kind of iron oven and sold to the natives, who esteem them because their noise lulls to sleep. The field-cricket feeds on herbs that grow at the mouth of its burrows, and in summer they sit there chirping all night and day.