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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Recent Examples on the Web The number one item on the menu, however, is the grasshopper sushi which does contain real grasshoppers on top of rice. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 9 June 2021 People might panic if something landed in their yard and a grasshopper in a spacesuit got out and laid waste to everything with a heat ray. Star Tribune, 21 May 2021 Dundalk Elementary students discovered a cattail toothpick grasshopper, or slender locust, in November of 2018. Cameron Goodnight,, 22 Apr. 2021 Locusts are a type of grasshopper, while cicadas are type of insect all their own. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, 13 Apr. 2021 Normally, the grasshopper-like plant eaters spend their time living solitarily across the deserts of North Africa, Southwest Asia and the Middle East. New York Times, 8 Apr. 2021 In the poem, the narrator watches a grasshopper in her hand wash her face and then fly away. Eoin O'carroll, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Mar. 2021 The sudden appearance of so many insects reminded them of biblical plagues of locusts, which are a type of grasshopper. The Conversation, oregonlive, 13 Mar. 2021 So this one little event of the grasshopper washing her face and flying away is connected ultimately with the whole complexity of the universe and our place in it. Eoin O'carroll, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of grasshopper

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Grasshopper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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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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