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 With a grasshopper, twist off the head—the guts should come with it—before swallowing the abdomen. Keith Mccafferty, Field & Stream, "What Are the Best (and Tastiest) Bugs to Eat for Survival?," 26 June 2020 In addition to both alcoholic and non-alcoholic piña coladas, Climaco will offer a menu of customizable margaritas, with everything from grasshopper or hibiscus salt rims to spicy mango and smoked pineapple syrups. oregonlive, "Oregon’s mobile piña colada king is opening a new cocktail bar in Northeast Portland," 25 June 2020 Twenty minutes were enough for the insects—a type of grasshopper—to destroy nearly all of it. Popular Science, "An unprecedented locust swarm is creating unlikely allies," 7 June 2020 Gameplay revolves around trapping the opposing queen by using bugs such as the far-ranging grasshopper, beetles that crawl over the top of other insects, or the power-sucking mosquito. Dan Thurot, Ars Technica, "Our favorite boardgames that model the natural world," 25 Apr. 2020 Most spiders, including black jumping spiders and the large argiopes, aren’t dangerous and eat pest insects, including grasshoppers, moths and caterpillars. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Keep a close eye on your garden for pests and diseases," 6 Apr. 2020 Amid the old tires and mattresses dumped on the riverbank, mounds of rank green weeds gave refuge to birds and grasshoppers, which didn’t seem bothered by the fecal stench. Christine Smallwood, Harper's Magazine, "In Harm’s Way," 30 Mar. 2020 Fillings range from al pastor and tender short ribs with goat cheese to grasshoppers. Jen Murphy, Condé Nast Traveler, "Downtown San José del Cabo Is Luring Visitors Out of the Resorts," 27 Feb. 2020 In the book, Po Campo cooked a range of dishes that included beef steak, beans and fried grasshoppers. Vincent T. Davis,, "Chuck wagon cook rustles up Old West chow at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo," 15 Feb. 2020

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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 9 Jul. 2020.

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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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