Heuschrecke

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German höuschrecke, from Old High German houwiscrecko. Analysable as Heu (hay) +‎ schrecken (to jump up). Originally a masculine that developed into a feminine under the influence of the frequently used plural (a common development in modern German); compare the southern alternative form.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈhɔʏ̯ˌʃrɛkə/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

Heuschrecke f (genitive Heuschrecke, plural Heuschrecken)

  1. grasshopper; locust
    Synonyms: Grashüpfer (informal), Heupferd
  2. (colloquial, derogatory) an investor who buys enterprises or properties and deals with them in a way that harms the local population
    1. (especially East Germany, historical) an investor from West Germany who did this in the former GDR, exploiting the chaos following German reunification

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