grass·​hop·​per | \ ˈgras-ˌhä-pər How to pronounce grasshopper (audio) \

Definition of grasshopper

1 : 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
2 : a cocktail made with crème de menthe, crème de cacao, and light cream

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That was a strange move on both studios’ parts: Ants and grasshoppers aren’t the most endearing or marketable main characters. Allegra Frank, Vox, "All 21 Pixar movies, definitively ranked," 27 June 2019 Coyotes are omnivorous, with much of their diet consisting of insects (grasshoppers are a big item), fruits, other plant material. Shannon Tompkins,, "Meet the coyote, one of nature’s great tricksters," 13 June 2019 Clouds of migrating grasshoppers and beetles occasionally pop up on radar too. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "A 10-Mile-Wide Ladybug Swarm Buzzed Over San Diego," 7 June 2019 At least one state government responded by sending out the National Guard to coat the land with up to 175 tons of insecticide per acre, thereby finishing off any life the drifting dirt or the grasshoppers might have left behind. Kevin Baker, Harper's magazine, "Where Our New World Begins," 10 May 2019 For fly-fishers, a 4- or 5-weight rod, floating line and a 7-foot leader paired with a popping bug, sponge spider or grasshopper usually will draw constant redbreast fire. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "June spawn signals peak in Texas sunfish action," 3 June 2018 The raw ingredients Yoon worked with included grasshoppers, crickets, meal worms, and silkworm pupae. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Ars eats more bugs, finds a few we like," 30 Sep. 2018 This includes grasshoppers and chrysanthemums in Mexico City and snake in Guangzhou. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "Monty Python’s Michael Palin on His Trip to North Korea and Fondness for Old Socks," 26 Sep. 2018 Who’s from Pixar?: Flik, an ant, and Hopper, a grasshopper, are supplemented by Chili, a tarantula; the Terminte-ator; Weevil Kneevil; the Dung Beetle Brothers; and Claire de Room, a stink bug. Dewayne Bevil,, "Disney World: A look at Pixar in the parks," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of grasshopper

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of grasshopper

: a plant-eating insect that has long legs used for jumping


grass·​hop·​per | \ ˈgras-ˌhä-pər How to pronounce grasshopper (audio) \

Kids Definition of grasshopper

: a common leaping insect that feeds on plants

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