Definitions for locustˈloʊ kəst

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

lo•custˈloʊ kəst(n.)

  1. Category: Entomology

    Ref: Also called short-horned grasshopper.

  2. any of various cicadas, as the seventeen-year locust.

    Category: Entomology

  3. any North American tree of the genus Robinia, of the legume family, esp. R. pseudoacacia, having pinnate leaves and clusters of fragrant white flowers.

    Category: Plants

  4. the durable wood of this tree.

  5. any of various other trees, as the carob and the honey locust.

    Category: Plants

Origin of locust:

1150–1200; ME < L locusta grasshopper


Princeton's WordNet

  1. locust(noun)

    migratory grasshoppers of warm regions having short antennae

  2. locust(noun)

    hardwood from any of various locust trees

  3. locust tree, locust(noun)

    any of various hardwood trees of the family Leguminosae


  1. locust(Noun)

    A type of grasshopper in the family Acrididae that flies in swarms and is very destructive to crops and other vegetation.

  2. locust(Noun)

    A locust tree.

  3. Origin: From langouste, from locusta.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Locust(noun)

    any one of numerous species of long-winged, migratory, orthopterous insects, of the family Acrididae, allied to the grasshoppers; esp., (Edipoda, / 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

  2. Locust(noun)

    the locust tree. See Locust Tree (definition, note, and phrases)


  1. Locust

    Locusts are the swarming phase of certain species of short-horned grasshoppers in the family Acrididae. These are species that can breed rapidly under suitable conditions and subsequently become gregarious and migratory when their populations become dense enough. They form bands as nymphs and swarms as adults. Both the bands and the swarms are nomadic and rapidly strip fields and greatly damage crops. The adults are powerful fliers; they can travel great distances, consuming practically all green material wherever the swarm settles. The origin and apparent extinction of certain species of locust—some of which grew to 6 inches in length—are unclear. Locusts are edible insects, and are considered a delicacy in some countries. There have been references to their consumption as food throughout history. On swarming they are known to produce a toxin that renders them inedible and causes a skin reaction in sunlight.

Anagrams of locust

  1. clouts

Translations for locust

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a type of large insect of the grasshopper family, found in Africa and Asia, which moves in very large groups and destroys growing crops by eating them.

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