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- 1a large, mainly tropical grasshopper with strong powers of flight. It is usually solitary, but from time to time there is a population explosion and it migrates in vast swarms which cause extensive damage to vegetation.
- Several species in the family Acrididae, including the migratory locust (Locusta migratoria)
Middle English: via Old French locuste from Latin locusta 'locust, crustacean'