locust

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French langouste, from Latin locusta (locust, crustacean, lobster).

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locust (plural locusts)

  1. Any of the grasshoppers, usually swarming, in the family Acrididae that are very destructive to crops and other vegetation.
    1. especially, the migratory locust (Locusta migratoria)
    2. American locust (Schistocerca americana) (does not swarm)
    3. Australian plague locust (Chortoicetes terminifera)
    4. Bombay locust (Nomadacris succincta)
    5. brown locust (Locustana pardalina)
    6. desert locust (Schistocerca gregaria)
    7. Italian locust (Calliptamus italicus)
    8. Moroccan locust (Dociostaurus maroccanus)
    9. red locust (Nomadacris septemfasciata)
    10. Rocky Mountain locust (Melanoplus spretus) – extinct
    11. spur-throated locust (Austracris guttulosa) - Australia
    12. Tree locusts (Anacridium spp.)
      1. Anacridium aegyptium
      2. Anacridium melanorhodon
      3. Anacridium wernerellum
  2. A locust tree.
  3. (Hong Kong, informal, derogatory) A person from the People's Republic of China, as opposed to someone from Hong Kong. (Can we verify(+) this sense?)

Usage notes[edit]

  • sometimes confused with locus

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