- The definition of a locust is a type of grasshopper that migrates in huge numbers quickly eating the plants in their path, or a hardwood tree with fragrant white flowers.
An example of a locust is the plague told about in Exodus 10:1-20 in the New International Version of the Bible.
A pair of locust.
- any of various large grasshoppers; specif., a migratory grasshopper often traveling in great swarms and destroying nearly all vegetation in areas visited
- seventeen-year locust
- a spiny tree (Robinia pseudoacacia) of the pea family, native to the E or Central U.S. and having long pendulous racemes of fragrant white flowers
- the yellowish, hard, durable wood of this tree
- any honeylocust
- carob (sense )
Origin of locustMiddle English ; from Classical Latin locusta, probably akin to lacerta, lizard
- Any of various short-horned grasshoppers that sometimes migrate in immense swarms, devouring vegetation and crops.
- A cicada, especially a periodical cicada.
- a. Any of several trees of the pea family bearing long pods, especially the black locust, honey locust, and carob.b. The wood of any of these trees.
Origin of locustMiddle English, from Old French locuste, from Latin locusta. Sense 3a, probably from the resemblance of a carob pod to a grasshopper and the use of both as subsistence food in drier regions of the Near East.
- sometimes confused with locus