locusta

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

locusta (plural locustae)

  1. (botany) The spikelet or flower cluster of grasses.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for locusta in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin locusta, of uncertain origin. Doublet of the inherited Doublet of aragosta.

Noun[edit]

locusta f (plural locuste)

  1. locust

Latin[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

The origin is uncertain, length of the first vowel varies. According to De Vaan, the only word similar in form and meaning is lacerta (lizard; mackerel) and “they could be cognate words in the language from which Latin borrowed these forms”. Pokorny connects lō̆custa and lacerta with Ancient Greek λάξ (láx) λάγδην (lágdēn, with the foot, adverb), λάκτις (láktis, pestle), λικερτίζειν (likertízein, to jump, to dance) and Old Norse leggr (lower leg, bone), Lombardic [Term?] (lagi, thigh), deriving all from Proto-Indo-European *lek- (joint, member; to bend, to wind), explaining lō̆custa as “equipped with joints”. This is considered unconvincing by De Vaan.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Classical) IPA(key): /loːˈkus.ta/, [ɫ̪oːˈkʊs.t̪a] or IPA(key): /loˈkus.ta/, [ɫ̪ɔˈkʊs.t̪a]

Noun[edit]

lō̆custa f (genitive lō̆custae); first declension

  1. locust, grasshopper
    • 2015, Tuomo Pekkanen, Ingentes greges locustarum in Russia meridionali. [1], Nuntii Latini 7.8.2015:
      Ingentēs gregēs lō̆custārum regiōnem Stavropolis in Russiā merīdiōnālī invāsērunt.
      A giant swarm of locusts has invaded the Stavropolsky district in southern Russia.
  2. crustacean, marine shellfish, lobster

Declension[edit]

First-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative lō̆custa lō̆custae
Genitive lō̆custae lō̆custārum
Dative lō̆custae lō̆custīs
Accusative lō̆custam lō̆custās
Ablative lō̆custā lō̆custīs
Vocative lō̆custa lō̆custae

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Middle English[edit]

Noun[edit]

locusta

  1. Alternative form of locuste