grass·​hop·​per ˈgras-ˌhä-pər How to pronounce grasshopper (audio)
: any of numerous plant-eating orthopterous insects (Acrididae, Tettigoniidae, and some related families) having the hind legs adapted for leaping and sometimes engaging in migratory flights in which whole regions may be stripped of vegetation
: a cocktail made with crème de menthe, crème de cacao, and light cream

Examples of grasshopper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Agriculture specialists took samples from the shipments to look for disease and hitchhiking pests, including beetles, grasshoppers, wasps and moths. Patricia Mazzei Scott McIntyre, New York Times, 13 Feb. 2024 In a series of experiments, researchers scared grasshoppers using a robo-dinosaur with training wheels and flapping wings. Christian Thorsberg, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Jan. 2024 The authors started collaborating at Oxford, studying the eating preferences of locusts (grasshoppers, basically). Manvir Singh, The New Yorker, 25 Sep. 2023 And just as the team had predicted, the grasshoppers were most likely to panic when they were confronted by the robodino adorned with proto-wings at the ends of its arms. Meghan Bartels, Scientific American, 25 Jan. 2024 The grasshopper wasn’t sure what the moral of the story was. Simon Rich, The New Yorker, 15 Jan. 2024 Trap-jaw ants use spring actuation to launch their mandibles to capture prey, while grasshoppers use their springy legs to kick away predators. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 28 Aug. 2023 Learn well, grasshopper (Getty Images) Humans can reportedly detect up to 1 trillion different scents, but that pales in comparison with other organisms. Scott Lafee, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 July 2023 Still, when the grasshopper suggested breakfast, the ant said yes. Simon Rich, The New Yorker, 15 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of grasshopper was in the 14th century

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“Grasshopper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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grass·​hop·​per ˈgras-ˌhäp-ər How to pronounce grasshopper (audio)
: any of numerous plant-eating insects that have long hind legs used for leaping

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