locust

noun lo·cust \ ˈlō-kəst \

Definition of locust

1 :short-horned grasshopper; especially :a migratory grasshopper often traveling in vast swarms and stripping the areas passed of all vegetation
2 :cicada
3 a :any of various leguminous trees: such as
(1) :carob 1
b :the wood of a locust tree

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Origin and Etymology of locust

Middle English, from Anglo-French locuste, from Latin locusta

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LOCUST Defined for English Language Learners

locust

noun

Definition of locust for English Language Learners

  • : a type of grasshopper that travels in very large groups and that can cause great destruction by eating crops


LOCUST Defined for Kids

locust

noun lo·cust \ ˈlō-kəst \

Definition of locust for Students

1 :a grasshopper that moves in huge swarms and eats up the plants in its path
2 :cicada
3 :a tree with hard wood, leaves with many leaflets, and drooping flower clusters


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