desert locust

noun

Definition of desert locust

: 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 In 2018, two major cyclones dumped rain in a remote area of Saudi Arabia, leading to an 8,000-fold increase in desert locust numbers. New York Times, 8 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of desert locust

1944, in the meaning defined above

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“Desert locust.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/desert%20locust. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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