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

3a : any of various leguminous trees: such as

(1) : carob sense 1

(2) : black locust

(3) : honey locust

b : the wood of a locust tree

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My eyes watched the busy ground, flexing with ant highways and beetles, jumpy locusts and white butterflies. Andrew Evans, chicagotribune.com, "Feel the pull of the prairie on a uniquely American safari in Montana," 5 July 2018 And the area has been decorated with new redbud, locust and magnolia trees. Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, "Arlington Cemetery to open new section with space-saving pre-dug graves," 4 June 2018 Choose a naturally rot-resistant wood such as cedar or locust, or use pine treated with a nontoxic preservative. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need To Know About Container Gardening," 1 June 2017 In tearing out the old concrete and brick, workers also took out 15 locust trees that provided shade on the mall. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "With Water Street Mall work finished, Aurora looks to renovate Mundy Park," 12 July 2018 That might make lunching on locusts more palatable. The Economist, "The future of food, served up right here in augmented reality," 7 July 2018 In tearing out the old concrete and brick, workers also took out 15 locust trees that provided shade on the mall. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "With Water Street Mall work finished, Aurora looks to renovate Mundy Park," 12 July 2018 As soon as James reached the platform a rope was thrown over his head and he was carried about 40 yards to a small locust tree near the blacksmith shop. Joe Heim, Washington Post, "Sacred ground, now reclaimed: A Charlottesville story," 7 July 2018 No talk of darkness, plagues, locusts and/or water turning into blood. John Baer, Philly.com, "Welcome to Pennsylvania's budget season: A show void of value | John Baer," 3 June 2018

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First Known Use of locust

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for locust

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

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locust

noun

English Language Learners Definition of locust

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

locust

noun
lo·​cust | \ˈlō-kəst \

Kids Definition of locust

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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