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The plagues included turning water into blood, casting an endless sea of frogs and gnats, releasing wild animals, killing livestock, forming boils, making thunderstorms of hail and fire, creating packs of locusts, and having darkness for three days.
But the plague of locusts has yet to show up—which is odd, given how many experts predicted that a victory for Brexit would bring catastrophe.
The researchers began by sequencing the DNA of several species of cockroach and found that American cockroaches, Periplaneta americana, have one of the largest known genome sequences of all insects, second only to locusts.
Compared with other insects, the genome of the American cockroach (Periplaneta americana) is the second largest sequenced to date after the locust.
What has some people concerned about the renovation is that the city would have to tear out the 15 old, large locust trees on the mall.
Unlike, say, locusts, which simply raze entire fields, stinkbugs wreak their havoc insidiously.
In describing what life would be like without Nafta, some business groups have stopped just short of predicting a plague of locusts.
Members of the historical society joke that next year will bring a plague of locusts.
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Origin and Etymology of locust
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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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
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