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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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,  or  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}. 
 
  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}. 
 
  {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. 
 
  2.  [Etymol.  uncertain.]  (Bot.)  The  locust  tree.  See  {Locust 
  Tree}  (definition,  note,  and  phrases). 
 
  {Locust  bean}  (Bot.),  a  commercial  name  for  the  sweet  pod  of 
  the  carob  tree. 




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