plural noun

: a family of orthopterous insects that includes the true locusts and the grasshoppers with short antennae

Word History


borrowed from New Latin, from Acrida, type genus (feminine noun derivative of Greek akrid-, akrís "grasshopper," perhaps of substratal origin) + -idae -idae

First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Acrididae was in 1854

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“Acrididae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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