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 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 One variant called erythrism can give skin a reddish or pinkish hue, yielding strawberry-blonde leopards and fuschia grasshoppers. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Rare Pink Manta Ray Spotted Near Australia’s Lady Elliot Island," 13 Feb. 2020 Evel Pie, a Las Vegas eatery inspired by famed daredevil Evel Knievel, has topped its latest pizza with lime and garlic roasted grasshoppers. Doha Madani, NBC News, "Slice of hopperoni: Las Vegas pizzeria serves up grasshopper pie after giant swarm," 31 July 2019 During the nearly quarter-century that my family has lived in this house, the changes in our neighborhood have become increasingly apparent: fewer trees and wildflowers, fewer bees and butterflies and grasshoppers, fewer tree frogs and songbirds. New York Times, "Word + Quiz: circumstantial," 21 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 27 May. 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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