from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of numerous grasshoppers of the family Acrididae, often migrating in immense swarms that devour vegetation and crops.
- n. The seventeen-year locust.
- n. Any of several North American deciduous trees of the genus Robinia, especially R. pseudoacacia, having compound leaves, drooping clusters of fragrant white flowers, and durable hard wood.
- n. Any of several similar or related trees, such as the honey locust or the carob.
- n. The wood of one of these trees.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A type of grasshopper in the family Acrididae that flies in swarms and is very destructive to crops and other vegetation.
- n. A locust tree.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any one of numerous species of long-winged, migratory, orthopterous insects, of the family Acrididæ, 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.
- n. The locust tree. See Locust Tree (definition, note, and phrases).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To devour and lay waste like locusts; ravage.
- n. One of the orthopterous saltatorial insects of the family Acridiiæ, popularly known as grasshoppers, and more correctly called short-horned grasshoppers.
- n. An orthopterous saltatorial insect of the genus Locusta, family Locustidæ.
- n. A homopterous insect of the genus Cicada, family Cicadidæ, such as the harvest-fly, Cicada tibicon, and the seventeen-year locust, or periodical cicada, Cicada septendecim. See cut under Cicadidæ.
- n. A cockchafer; a beetle.
- n. A well-known tree of the United States, Robinia Pseudacacia, with thorny branches, delicate pinnate leaves, and dense clusters of white heavily scented flowers.
- n. The carob-tree, Ceratonia Siligua. See Ceratonia and carob.
- n. The wood of the locust-tree.
- n. A club or billy used by policemen: so called because commonly made of locust-wood.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. migratory grasshoppers of warm regions having short antennae
- n. hardwood from any of various locust trees
- n. any of various hardwood trees of the family Leguminosae
The locust is white with warm heart wood, shots of brown and yellow.
In modern America, we associate the word locust with a grasshopper-type insect.
The locust is always the last to open its leaves; they are just beginning to show, and a number of others, which partake of the same character of foliage, have only preceded them by a week or so.
Bochart supports Margin, "the multitude of your gardens." palmer worm -- A species of locust is here meant, hurtful to fruits of trees, not to herbage or corn.
It is a point still unsettled, whether the food of him who was sent to prepare the way consisted of fruit or of insects; the name locust being indiscriminately applied to either, and both being used by the inhabitants of Palestine.
Some of the ancients have observed that the head of a locust is very like, in shape, to the head of a horse.
Only a few days ago ralph posted such a cogent opinion of what a liberal believes that I was proud to have the word locust in my name.
Form and size: The locust is a medium-sized tree developing a slender straight trunk when grown alongside of others; see Fig. 82.
Now, there is a kind of locust which is seventeen years in changing from the egg to the full insect It is this kind which is so numerous every seventeen years.
Dr. Clarke first related, that a tree grows in the Holy Land, which is called the locust tree, and produces an eatable fruit; but this fact was well known to many who had been in the