locust

Definitions

  • Stages of Locust's Growth
    Stages of Locust's Growth
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n locust migratory grasshoppers of warm regions having short antennae
    • n locust any of various hardwood trees of the family Leguminosae
    • n locust hardwood from any of various locust trees
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Additional illustrations & photos:

SEVENTEEN-YEAR CICADA OR SEVENTEEN-YEAR "LOCUST" SEVENTEEN-YEAR CICADA OR SEVENTEEN-YEAR "LOCUST"
264. Seventeen Year Locust, Eggs and Pupa 264. Seventeen Year Locust, Eggs and Pupa
Honey Locust. Three-thorned Acacia Honey Locust. Three-thorned Acacia
Locust. Black Locust Locust. Black Locust
The red-legged locust The red-legged locust
The auditory organ of a locust The auditory organ of a locust
Nymph of Locust Nymph of Locust

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Many people in parts of China eat insects. Some common insects are bean worms, scoprions, and locusts
    • Locust (Zoöl) Any one of numerous species of long-winged, migratory, orthopterous insects, of the family Acrididæ, allied to the grasshoppers; esp., (Edipoda migratoria, syn. Pachytylus migratoria, and Acridium perigrinum, of Southern Europe, Asia, and Africa. In the United States the related species with similar habits are usually called grasshoppers. See Grasshopper.
    • Locust (Bot) The locust tree. See Locust Treedefinition, note, and phrases).
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The reason why locusts swarm are because when they are in groups, a "hot-spot" behind their hind legs is stimulated, which in turn causes their destructive nature. A large swarm of locusts can eat eighty thousand tons of corn in a day
    • n locust One of the orthopterous saltatorial insects of the family Acridiiæ, popularly known as grasshoppers, and more correctly called short-horned grasshoppers. Thus, Rocky Mountain locust is a common, popular, and book name of Caloptenus or Melanoplus spretus, also popularly known by its other name of the western or hateful grasshopper. Locusts, in this sense, are allied to the long-horned grasshoppers and the crickets, but differ from them in having shorter antennæ and bodies and limbs more robust. Their hind legs are large and strong, which gives them great power in leaping. Their mandibles and maxillæ are strong, sharp, and jagged, and their food consists of the leaves and green stalks of plants. They have colored elytra and large wings, disposed when at rest in straight folds. They fly well, but are often conveyed by winds to distances which they could not have attained by their own power. Their ravages are well known. Locusts are eaten in many countries, roasted or fried. They are often preserved in lime or dried in the sun. The most celebrated species is the migratory locust of the East, Pachytylus migratorius. It is about 2½, inches long, greenish, with brown wing-covers marked with black. Migratory locusts are most commonly found in Asia and Africa, where they frequently swarm in countless numbers, darkening the air in their excursions, and devouring every blade of the vegetation of the land they alight on.
    • n locust An orthopterous saltatorial insect of the genus Locusta, family Locustidæ.
    • n locust A homopterous insect of the genus Cicada, family Cicadidæ, such as the harvest-fly, Cicada tibicon, and the seventeen-year locust, or periodical cicada, Cicada septendecim. See cut under Cicadidæ.
    • n locust A cockchafer; a beetle.
    • locust To devour and lay waste like locusts; ravage.
    • n locust A well-known tree of the United States, Robinia Pseudacacia, with thorny branches, delicate pinnate leaves, and dense clusters of white heavily scented flowers. The wood is heavy, hard, strong, and very durable, and useful for treenails, posts, turnery, etc. The tree is extensively planted for ornament, and also as a timber-tree. It suffers from attacks of the locust-borer. Also called black or yellow locust, and false or bastard acacia. The related R. Neomexicana is also called locust. The locust-tree of Guiana and the West Indies is Hymenæa Courbaril. In the West Indies, Byrsonima coriacea and B. cinerea of the Malpighiaceæ are also called locust.
    • n locust The carob-tree, Ceratonia Siligua. See Ceratonia and carob.
    • n locust The wood of the locust-tree.
    • n locust A club or billy used by policemen: so called because commonly made of locust-wood.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In July 1874, a swarm of Rocky Mountain locusts flew over Nebraska covering an area estimated at 198,600 square miles. It is estimated that the swarm contained about 12.5 trillion insects. These insects became extinct thirty years later
    • n Locust lō′kust a migratory winged insect, in shape like the grasshopper, highly destructive to vegetation
    • v.i Locust (rare) to lay waste like locusts
    • n Locust lō′kust a tree with thorny branches and dense clusters of white, heavily-scented flowers, found in the U.S.: the carob-tree
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. locusta, locust, grasshopper. Cf. Lobster

Usage

In literature:

Then came a swarm of locusts over the land.
"Children's Classics in Dramatic Form" by Augusta Stevenson
The CHAIRMAN related a true story of a man whose farm was always spared by the locusts, until one day he caused some to be killed.
"The Transvaal from Within" by J. P. Fitzpatrick
Near Kasanganga's I saw boys shooting locusts that settled on the ground with little bows and arrows.
"The Last Journals of David Livingstone, in Central Africa, from 1865 to His Death, Volume II (of 2), 1869-1873" by David Livingstone
You remember I sent you some locusts' wings once, in a letter.
"The Women of the Arabs" by Henry Harris Jessup
These two spaces represent the mirror of the locust tribe; they constitute the sonorous area.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
But a swarm of locusts came over the land and saw where the grain had been put.
"Fifty Famous Stories Retold" by James Baldwin
A few locusts and many fine butterflies were busy about.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 2" by James Richardson
We call another insect a locust, but the shorthorned grasshoppers are the true locusts.
"The Insect Folk" by Margaret Warner Morley
They're all up on the stage trying to get the locust effect.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
The next thing the speaker compared them to was a locust.
"Moody's Anecdotes And Illustrations" by Dwight L. Moody
Such are the locusts.
"The Ontario Readers: The High School Reader, 1886" by Ministry of Education
The young people invaded the house like a swarm of noisy locusts.
"Quin" by Alice Hegan Rice
There is a North American locust which is quite famous as a musician.
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
A single flip of his locust club against their wrists accounted for both of the knives.
"Police Your Planet" by Lester del Rey
From this he calculated that the birds of eastern Nebraska would destroy daily nearly 163,000 locusts.
"Checking the Waste" by Mary Huston Gregory
If you can't spare him, send us a Locust Preacher.
"Jokes For All Occasions" by Anonymous
The singular cloud that was spreading itself over the plain was neither more nor less than a flight of locusts!
"The Bush Boys" by Captain Mayne Reid
We had collected quantities of locust-pods and acorns.
"The Desert Home" by Mayne Reid
Dr. Leidy mentions a fungus which must annually carry off myriads of the Seventeen Year Locust.
"Our Common Insects" by Alpheus Spring Packard
It was a migration of insects, the famed locusts of Africa.
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
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In poetry:

Ye locusts, winged tribes,
Together cluster strong;
Well your descendants may
In swarms forever throng!
"The Fruitfulness Of The Locust" by Confucius
Locust trees are sorry shade,
They are good enough;
Locust trees are sweet in spring
For trees so old and tough.
"Under The Locusts" by John Crowe Ransom
Her rest is quiet on the hill,
Beneath the locust's bloom
Far off her lover sleeps as still
Within his scutcheoned tomb.
"The Countess" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Another year of love with you!
Of dreams and doubts, of sun and rain!
When field and forest bloom anew,
And locust clusters pelt the lane,
When all the song-birds wed and woo,
I'll not take "no" again.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part I" by Madison Julius Cawein
Country towns with your schooner bees,
And locusts burnt in the pepper-trees,
Drown me with syrups, arch your boughs,
Find me a bench, and let me snore,
Till, charged with ale and unconcern,
I'll think it's noon at half-past four!
"Country Towns" by Kenneth Slessor
On T'other side & allmost ore ye plain
Proud Sis'ra Jabins captain brings his men,
As thick as locusts on the vintage fly,
As thick as scatterd leaves in Autumn ly,
Bold with success against a nation tryd,
& proud of numbers, & secure in pride.
"Deborah" by Thomas Parnell

In news:

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Fire crews responded to a fire at 669 Locust Street South around 2:15 Saturday afternoon.
Bikram Yoga Baltimore has opened t his new studio at McHenry Row in Locust Point.
Locust Point rowhouse fills homeowner's wish list.
Dana Ostrenga sits in the living room of her dream home in Locust Point.
Members of the Camden Fire Department and Ouachita County Medical Center work to pull victims out of an overturned car on Friday afternoon along US 278 East near Locust Bayou.
Seven people were injured, including four children, when a cement truck and a school bus collided Monday afternoon in Locust Valley, Nassau County police said.
He studies, among other things, why locusts swarm in West Africa.
Once upon a time, people thought that swarming creatures such as fish, bees and locusts communicated their movements by "thought transference," or telepathy.
Columbia council approves Odles' Locust St student housing, retail.
COLUMBIA — The Odle brothers can begin construction of their Locust Street properties after the City Council unanimously approved their development plan Monday evening.
A family fishing program will be offered at Locust Lake State Park, in Schuylkill County, on Wednesday, June 27, from 6 to 9 pm It is an educational program designed for families with little or no fishing experience.
Cross Creek 10, Locust Grove 9.
Perfect Portrait Family Dentistry opened on Oct 12, in Locust Grove.
The Five Locust Sisters Perform on WNYC.
Machine Head Perform " Locust " in Lisbon, Portugal.
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In science:

Morphological and behavioural characteristics of a gynandromorph of the desert locust, schistocerca gregaria.
A Developmental Network Theory of Gynandromorphs, Sexual Dimorphism and Species Formation
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