grass·hop·per | \ˈgras-ˌhä-pər \

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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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 More: First Look: 'Mexitalian' La Noria now serving grasshopper pizzas in Detroit More: New restaurant near Detroit's Greektown like a 'make-believe world' Contact Susan Selasky: 313-222-6872 or Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Empire Kitchen & Cocktails expected to open in May at the Scott at Brush Park," 21 Mar. 2018 Alongside more traditional items like a black truffle flatbread and a sea urchin and kelp pie, guests at the event could also dine on ants covered in black garlic and rose oil or grasshoppers paired with aebleskiver, a traditional Danish pancake. Maria Pasquini,, "Justin Timberlake Served Guests Actual Bugs During His New Album Listening Party," 18 Jan. 2018 Some of the most popular items on birds' menus include beetles, flies, ants, moths, aphids, grasshoppers and crickets. Doyle Rice, ajc, "Yum! Birds eat up to 550 million tons of insects each year," 9 July 2018 Wen is an inquisitive kid who takes the family’s vacation to off-the-grid New Hampshire seriously, studying grasshoppers and having fun being away from school. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Paul Tremblay’s apocalyptic novel The Cabin at the End of the World is a parents’ worst nightmare," 30 June 2018 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 will usually draw constant redbreast fire. Shannon Tompkins Staff Writer, San Antonio Express-News, "June spawn signals peak in Texas sunfish action," 7 June 2018 Then there are regional offerings: cemitas from Puebla, tacos from Yucatán, and, of course, grasshoppers (a classic market snack). David Farley, New York Times, "Grazing an Entire Country at a Mexico City Market," 9 June 2018 Nyong’o stepped out in the shimmering, organza evening dress whose silhouette recalled the iconic grasshopper green Gucci dress the actress sported on the Cannes red carpet in 2015. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Lupita Nyong’o Has a Major Prada Princess Moment at the Cannes Film Festival," 11 May 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


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Kids Definition of grasshopper

: a common leaping insect that feeds on plants

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