• Grasshopper, slightly magnified
    Grasshopper, slightly magnified
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n grasshopper terrestrial plant-eating insect with hind legs adapted for leaping
    • n grasshopper a cocktail made of creme de menthe and cream (sometimes with creme de cacao)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

a, b, c. Leg, wing-cover, and wing of Grasshopper, magnified a, b, c. Leg, wing-cover, and wing of Grasshopper, magnified

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When the female grasshopper lays eggs, she covers her eggs with a pasty liquid that protects the eggs throughout the winter
    • Grasshopper A mixed alcoholic beverage containing crème de menthe, light cream, and sometimes crème de cacao. The name comes from its light green color.
    • Grasshopper (Mil) An antipersonnel mine that jumps from the ground to body height when activated, and explodes, hurling metal fragments over a wide area.
    • Grasshopper (Zoöl) Any jumping, orthopterous insect, of the families Acrididæ and Locustidæ, having large hind legs adapted for leaping, and chewing mouth parts. The species and genera are very numerous and some are very destructive to crops. The former family includes the Western grasshopper or locust (Caloptenus spretus), noted for the great extent of its ravages in the region beyond the Mississippi. In the Eastern United States the red-legged (Caloptenus femurrubrum and C. atlanis) are closely related species, but their ravages are less important. They are closely related to the migratory locusts of the Old World. See Locust.
    • Grasshopper In ordinary square or upright pianos of London make, the escapement lever or jack, so made that it can be taken out and replaced with the key; -- called also the hopper.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Grasshoppers have white blood.
    • n grasshopper A saltatorial orthopterous insect; a popular name of those insects of the order Orthoptera of which the hind legs are fitted for leaping, and of which the males, if winged, produce a shrill, grating sound or stridulation. The name is given to numerous species, of three different families: Some of the large green crickets which leap, belonging to the family Gryllidæ, as Grgllus viridissimus or Orocharis saltator. All such have very long and thready antennæ.
    • n grasshopper Even these of them ye may eat; the locust after his kind, … and the grasshopper after his kind.
    • n grasshopper A young lobster.
    • n grasshopper In pianoforte-making, the lever or jack at the back of a key which throws the hammer against the string. Also called hopper.
    • n grasshopper A chaise of which the body is suspended by braces to the rear ends of wooden springs.
    • n grasshopper A mechanical arrangement for connecting the sucker-rods of several contiguous petroleum wells with a single steam-engine or other source of motive power.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 62 degrees Fahrenheit is the minimum temperature required for a grasshopper to be able to hop.
    • ns Grasshopper a saltatorial, orthopterous insect, nearly allied to locusts and crickets, keeping quiet during the day among vegetation, but noisy at night
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Knee-high to a grasshopper - If something happened when you were knee-high to a grasshopper, it happened when you were a very young child.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. gærs, græs; Ice., Ger., Dut., and Goth. gras; prob. allied to green and grow.


In literature:

I am like Job, who said "the grasshopper was a burthen" to him!
"Alfred Russel Wallace: Letters and Reminiscences Vol 2 (of 2)" by James Marchant
Guess it's a good thing I went back to me grasshopper in the last verse.
"Sundown Slim" by Henry Hubert Knibbs
Reviewing the main features of the life-story of a grasshopper or cockroach, we notice that there is no marked or sudden change of form.
"The Life-Story of Insects" by Geo. H. Carpenter
I look like an aspiring grasshopper beside him.
"The Voice of the People" by Ellen Glasgow
Readers will have noticed the curious brass grasshopper on the Royal Exchange.
"Amusements in Mathematics" by Henry Ernest Dudeney
Why is the grasshopper called a "shuttle"?
"Modern Prose And Poetry; For Secondary Schools" by Various
There he found Mr. Grasshopper and Miss Cricket.
"The Story of a Monkey on a Stick" by Laura Lee Hope
The Judge and Mr. Flippin were fishing, with grasshoppers for bait.
"The Trumpeter Swan" by Temple Bailey
The Judge and Mr. Flippin were fishing, with grasshoppers for bait.
"The Trumpeter Swan" by Temple Bailey
Thus myriads of the eggs of grasshoppers are in the early autumn deposited in the ground, in compact masses of forty to sixty each.
"A Book of Natural History" by Various

In poetry:

The dew is bright upon the hill,
And bright the blossoms overhead,
But ah! the grasshoppers have fled,
The little Attic song is still.
"By The Arno" by Oscar Wilde
No bird sings — but a grasshopper's wings
Snap in the meadow.
On the rim of the hill the cottonwoods spill
Stagnant puddles of shadow; and still —
The air is quick with a subtle thrill!
"Prarie Storm Rune" by John Gneisenau Neihardt
When butterflies flutter from clover to thicket,
Or wave their wings on the drooping leaf;
When the breeze comes shrill with the call of the cricket,
Grasshopper's rasp, and rustle of sheaf;
"A Song Of Early Autumn" by Richard Watson Gilder
The tree-frog joined with his sonorous call,
The grasshopper chirped along,
The dormice came out of their underground hole,
The squirrels peeped over their pine-tree wall,
To list to the revel song.
"The Forest River." by Harriet Annie Wilkins
'Twas novel, and each in his own way
Sought to make happy the holiday.
Grasshopper took his youngest daughter
Out for a stroll along the water;
She shrieked with joy, "O, see the cherries!"
When they found some low-bush huckleberries.
"Camping Out" by Clara Doty Bates
I want live things in their pride to remain.
I will not kill one grasshopper vain Though he eats a hole in my shirt like a door.
I let him out, give him one chance more.
Perhaps, while he gnaws my hat in his whim,
Grasshopper lyrics occur to him.
"The Santa-Fe Trail (A Humoresque)" by Vachel Lindsay

In news:

New Year's resolution for America in 2012: We need more grasshoppers.
Was at the Grasshopper booth talking about how he handled a flood at the resort.
State's grasshopper problems likely to get worse .
Next Friday, Oct 26, the Grasshopper Festival kicks off at 5 pm in downtown Augusta.
Reusable Grasshopper rocket makes 1st test flight.
OGDENSBURG – This past June, Keith Robinson, was honored by Kiwanis officials when he was asked to throw out the first pitch at the Keith Robinson Senior Grasshopper play day baseball tournament held at Montroy Sports Complex.
Grasshopper Squares a frozen version of popular drink.
In addition, Grasshopper 's reuse of scrap metal in other production processes reduced raw material consumption by an additional 168 tons.
In any case, Gov Mitt Romney's selection of Rep Paul Ryan as his running mate shifts the debate from old tax returns to government's role in encouraging more ants or more grasshoppers .
Grasshoppers are occasional insect invaders of yards and gardens in Arkansas and can be among the most difficult pests to control.
Grasshoppers favor certain vegetable plants but tend to avoid other vegetables such as squash, peas and tomatoes (leaves, not fruit).
Leroy Mize of Oskaloosa takes old pipe wrenches and turns them into works of art that look like grasshoppers .
Retired builder turns tools into grasshopper art.
Grasshoppers are taking over parts of Sacramento, Solano and Yuba counties.
Augusta, GA – The GreenJackets (35-17) opened up a four game home stand with a 3-2 win over the Greensboro Grasshoppers (30-22) on Tuesday night.

In science:

Once upon a time, in a charming and peaceful little valley, a grasshopper sat under the shade of a sunflower, idly strumming up a tune, when a young worker ant came into view.
Interplay between Network Topology and Dynamics in Neural Systems
The grasshopper watched as she trundled her way laboriously up an incline under the weight of a large piece of leaf.
Interplay between Network Topology and Dynamics in Neural Systems
With that, the grasshopper gave a big leap into the air, slightly exasperated by the folly so often displayed by his fellow insects.
Interplay between Network Topology and Dynamics in Neural Systems
Intrigued, he fluttered slightly higher (since grasshoppers can, actually, fly, if not all that well).
Interplay between Network Topology and Dynamics in Neural Systems
It dawned on the grasshopper that although the individual ants were just boring little morons idiotically following rules, the nest as a whole was managing to find the closest leaves, bring them back along optimal routes, and feed them to its plantations of fungi.
Interplay between Network Topology and Dynamics in Neural Systems