Mormon-cricket meaning

A large flightless migratory katydid (Anabrus simplex) of western North America that is often destructive to crops and forage plants.
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A large dark wingless katydid, Anabrus simplex, that resembles a cricket and is found in the arid parts of the western U.S. where it is occasionally an abundant pest of crops.
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Origin of mormon-cricket

  • Probably so called because the Mormon Church is prominent in the insect's range, and perhaps in direct reference to a swarm that threatened crops when Mormons first settled around the Great Salt Lake

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition