grasshopper

grasshopper

[gras-hop-er, grahs-]
noun
1.
any of numerous herbivorous, orthopterous insects, especially of the families Acrididae and Tettigoniidae, having the hind legs adapted for leaping and having chewing mouth parts, some species being highly destructive to vegetation. Compare locust ( def 1 ), long-horned grasshopper.
2.
a small, light airplane used on low-flying missions, as for reconnaissance.
3.
(initial capital letter) Military. a U.S. antipersonnel mine that jumps off the ground when activated by proximate body heat and sprays shrapnel over a lethal radius of 350 feet (107 meters).
4.
a cocktail of light cream, green crème de menthe, and white crème de menthe or crème de cacao.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English; see grass, hopper

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grasshopper (ˈɡrɑːsˌhɒpə)
 
n
1.  locust See also katydid any orthopterous insect of the families Acrididae (short-horned grasshoppers) and Tettigoniidae (long-horned grasshoppers), typically terrestrial, feeding on plants, and producing a ticking sound by rubbing the hind legs against the leathery forewings
2.  informal knee-high to a grasshopper very young or very small
3.  an iced cocktail of equal parts of crème de menthe, crème de cacao, and cream
4.  (modifier) unable to concentrate on any one subject for long: a grasshopper mind

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Slang Dictionary

grasshead definition


and grasser; grasshopper
  1. n.
    a marijuana smoker. (Drugs.) : The grassheads are taking over this neighborhood. , The principle called the “grassers” in and gave them hell.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Easton
Bible Dictionary

Grasshopper definition


belongs to the class of neuropterous insects called Gryllidae. This insect is not unknown in Palestine. In Judg. 6:5; 7:12; Job 39:30; Jer. 46:23, where the Authorized Version has "grasshopper," the Revised Version more correctly renders the Hebrew word ('arbeh) by "locust." This is the case also in Amos 7:1; Nah. 3:17, where the Hebrew word _gob_ is used; and in Lev. 11:22; Num. 13:33; Eccl. 12:5; Isa. 40:22, where _hagab_ is used. In all these instances the proper rendering is probably "locust" (q.v.).

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Idioms & Phrases

grasshopper

see knee-high to a grasshopper.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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