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 These irregular weather and climate patterns also contributed to the worst desert locust invasion in 25 years, which further threatened the crop supply in the region. Helen Regan, Ivana Kottasová And Drew Kann, CNN, "The US election is a vote on climate change for the whole world," 1 Nov. 2020 Their next project is the desert locust, city-size swarms of which are right now causing a dual disaster of plagues in Africa. Megan Molteni, Wired, "Inside the Sprint to Map the Murder Hornet Genome," 24 Aug. 2020 Aerial pesticide spraying is the only effective way to combat desert locust swarms, according to the FAO, which is seeking $70 million in aid to support additional efforts to contain the pests. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Billions of Locusts Are Swarming East Africa," 5 Feb. 2020 The desert locust is among the most destructive of migratory pests because of its speed and ability to multiply rapidly. Tara John, CNN, "New Delhi on high alert after desert locusts swarm through neighboring Gurgaon," 27 June 2020 The desert is not an easy place for any species, but the desert locust is uniquely adapted to this environment, says Cressman. Popular Science, "An unprecedented locust swarm is creating unlikely allies," 7 June 2020 The desert locust is the most destructive of all food-eating locust species because of its speed and ability to multiply rapidly, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. CNN, "India is using drones and fire trucks to fight its worst locust invasion in almost 30 years," 2 June 2020 Indian authorities are helping farmers mount a pesticide spraying campaign to fight the swarms of desert locusts which have already devastated crops across Pakistan and East Africa. Fortune, "Here come the locusts—India prepares to do battle with crop-munching pests," 27 May 2020 But the hope soon turned to terror when the giant blot revealed itself as a swarm of fast-moving desert locusts, which have been cutting a path of devastation through Kenya since late December. Abdi Latif Dahir, New York Times, "‘Like an Umbrella Had Covered the Sky’: Locust Swarms Despoil Kenya," 21 Feb. 2020

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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 19 Jan. 2021.

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