locust

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noun lo·cust \ˈlō-kəst\

Definition of locust

  1. 1 :  short-horned grasshopper; especially :  a migratory grasshopper often traveling in vast swarms and stripping the areas passed of all vegetation

  2. 2 :  cicada

  3. 3 a :  any of various leguminous trees: as (1) :  carob 1 (2) :  black locust (3) :  honey locust b :  the wood of a locust tree

Origin and Etymology of locust

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


First Known Use: 14th century

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LOCUST Defined for English Language Learners

locust

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noun lo·cust \ˈlō-kəst\

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

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noun lo·cust \ˈlō-kəst\

Definition of locust for Students

  1. 1 :  a grasshopper that moves in huge swarms and eats up the plants in its path

  2. 2 :  cicada

  3. 3 :  a tree with hard wood, leaves with many leaflets, and drooping flower clusters



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