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
Recent Examples of grasshopper from the Web
There were 24-percent fewer grasshoppers in compressor plots, 52-percent fewer froghoppers, and a whopping 95-percent fewer cave, camel, and spider crickets.
Two grasshoppers want to race a distance of 12 feet (there and back).
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First Known Use of grasshopper
GRASSHOPPER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of grasshopper for English Language Learners
: a plant-eating insect that has long legs used for jumping
GRASSHOPPER Defined for Kids
Definition of grasshopper for Students
: a common leaping insect that feeds on plants
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