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Any of about nine hundred species in the family Gryllidae
From Old French criquer, to creak or rattle (relating to the insect's sound)
Other names
Neekerbreekers were crickets or close relations


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Insects of a kind related to grasshoppers, known for their loud nocturnal chirping. There were creatures of cricket kind - described as 'evil relatives of the cricket'1 - living in the marshes of Midgewater. Their nightly refrain of neek-breek, breek-neek kept Frodo and his companions from sleep as they crossed the marshes, leading Sam Gamgee to give them the name 'Neekerbreekers'.



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