short-horned grasshopper

short-horned grasshopper

[shawrt-hawrnd]
noun
locust ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1885–90

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short-horned grasshopper

any of more than 10,000 species of insects (order Orthoptera) that are characterized by short, heavy antennae, a four-valved ovipositor for laying eggs, and three-segmented tarsi (distal segments of the leg). They are herbivorous and include some of the most destructive agricultural pests known. The plague, or migratory, species are called locusts. See locust

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