Crick"et (kr?k"?t), n. [OE.
criket, OF. crequet, criquet; prob. of
German origin, and akin to E. creak; cf. D. kriek a
cricket. See Creak.] (Zoöl.) An
orthopterous insect of the genus Gryllus, and allied
genera. The males make chirping, musical notes by rubbing
together the basal parts of the veins of the front
&fist; The common European cricket is Gryllus
domesticus; the common large black crickets of America are
G. niger, G. neglectus, and others.
Balm cricket. See under
Balm. -- Cricket bird, a small
European bird (Silvia locustella); -- called also
grasshopper warbler. -- Cricket
frog, a small American tree frog (Acris
gryllus); -- so called from its chirping.
Crick"et, n. [AS. cricc,
crycc, crooked staff, crutch. Perh. first used in sense 1,
a stool prob. having been first used as a wicket. See
Crutch.] 1. A low stool.
2. A game much played in England, and
sometimes in America, with a ball, bats, and wickets, the players
being arranged in two contesting parties or sides.
3. (Arch.) A small false roof, or
the raising of a portion of a roof, so as to throw off water from
behind an obstacle, such as a chimney.
Crick"et, v. i. To play at