Locust beetle
Locust Lo"cust, n. [L. locusta locust, grasshopper. Cf. {Lobster}.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of long-winged, migratory, orthopterous insects, of the family {Acridid[ae]}, 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}. [1913 Webster]

Note: These insects are at times so numerous in Africa and the south of Asia as to devour every green thing; and when they migrate, they fly in an immense cloud. In the United States the harvest flies are improperly called locusts. See {Cicada}. [1913 Webster]

{Locust beetle} (Zo["o]l.), a longicorn beetle ({Cyllene robini[ae]}), which, in the larval state, bores holes in the wood of the locust tree. Its color is brownish black, barred with yellow. Called also {locust borer}.

{Locust bird} (Zo["o]l.) the rose-colored starling or pastor of India. See {Pastor}.

{Locust hunter} (Zo["o]l.), an African bird; the beefeater. [1913 Webster]

2. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Bot.) The locust tree. See {Locust Tree} (definition, note, and phrases). [1913 Webster]

{Locust bean} (Bot.), a commercial name for the sweet pod of the carob tree. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Locust beetle — Longicornia Lon gi*cor ni*a, n. pl. [NL., fr. L. longus long + cornu horn.] (Zo[ o]l.) A division of beetles, including a large number of species, in which the antenn[ae] are very long. Most of them, while in the larval state, bore into the wood… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • locust beetle — noun see locust borer …   Useful english dictionary

  • Locust — Lo cust, n. [L. locusta locust, grasshopper. Cf. {Lobster}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of long winged, migratory, orthopterous insects, of the family {Acridid[ae]}, allied to the grasshoppers; esp., ({Edipoda migratoria}, syn.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Locust bean — Locust Lo cust, n. [L. locusta locust, grasshopper. Cf. {Lobster}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of long winged, migratory, orthopterous insects, of the family {Acridid[ae]}, allied to the grasshoppers; esp., ({Edipoda migratoria},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Locust bird — Locust Lo cust, n. [L. locusta locust, grasshopper. Cf. {Lobster}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of long winged, migratory, orthopterous insects, of the family {Acridid[ae]}, allied to the grasshoppers; esp., ({Edipoda migratoria},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • locust borer — Locust Lo cust, n. [L. locusta locust, grasshopper. Cf. {Lobster}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of long winged, migratory, orthopterous insects, of the family {Acridid[ae]}, allied to the grasshoppers; esp., ({Edipoda migratoria},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Locust hunter — Locust Lo cust, n. [L. locusta locust, grasshopper. Cf. {Lobster}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of long winged, migratory, orthopterous insects, of the family {Acridid[ae]}, allied to the grasshoppers; esp., ({Edipoda migratoria},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • locust borer — noun also locust beetle : a brownish black yellow barred long horned beetle (Megacyllene robiniae) whose larvae bore in the wood of the black locust tree …   Useful english dictionary

  • locust — {{11}}locust (1) grasshopper, early 14c., borrowed earlier in Old French form languste (c.1200), from L. locusta locust, lobster (see LOBSTER (Cf. lobster)). In the Hebrew Bible there are nine different names for the insect or for particular… …   Etymology dictionary

  • locust leaf miner — noun : a small orange and black beetle (Xenochalepus dorsalis) that skeletonizes the leaves of the black and honey locust or its larva that mines within the leaves …   Useful english dictionary

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