desert locust

noun

: a destructive migratory locust (Schistocerca gregaria) of southwestern Asia and parts of northern Africa

Examples of desert locust in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Between 2065 and 2100, desert locusts’ range could expand by as much as 13 to 25 percent as a result of cyclical droughts—providing the hot, dry weather in which locusts thrive—and occasional heavy rains, which allow their eggs to incubate in damp soil. Christian Thorsberg, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Feb. 2024 Moreover, a mechanical way to separate different frequencies of sound with the precision of, for example, the ear of the desert locust Schistocerca gregaria would prove useful for cochlear implants, Reid says. IEEE Spectrum, 22 May 2023 The species with the most economic impact, the desert locust, threatens one-fifth of Earth’s land area and one-tenth of the global population. National Geographic, 12 Jan. 2023 Maternal determination of progeny body size and coloration in the desert locust, Schistocerca gregaria, depends on the crowding conditions experienced during the short sensitive period that occurs two to six days before the deposition of the egg pod. Ncbi Rofl, Discover Magazine, 18 Oct. 2012 Researchers developed the biohybrid sensor by combining the desert locust’s antennae, electroantennogram technology, and artificial intelligence to detect odors imperceptible to humans. Erika Page, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Mar. 2023 Flight and fluid dynamics scientist Adrian Thomas of the The Oxford Animal Flight Group made this motion study of a tethered desert locust. Rebecca Horne, Discover Magazine, 27 Apr. 2010 Some areas of East Africa, such as Kenya, had not seen such severe desert locust outbreaks in more than 70 years. Joanne Shurvell, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1944, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of desert locust was in 1944

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“Desert locust.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/desert%20locust. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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