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Definition of grasshopper (Meaning of grasshopper)
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Grasshopper Grass"hop`per, n.
	     1. (Zo["o]l.) Any jumping, orthopterous insect, of the
	        families {Acridid[ae]} and {Locustid[ae]}, having large
	        hind legs adapted for leaping, and chewing mouth parts.
	        The species and genera are very numerous and some are very
	        destructive to crops. The former family includes the
	        Western grasshopper or locust ({Caloptenus spretus}),
	        noted for the great extent of its ravages in the region
	        beyond the Mississippi. In the Eastern United States the
	        red-legged ({Caloptenus femurrubrum} and {C. atlanis}) are
	        closely related species, but their ravages are less
	        important. They are closely related to the migratory
	        locusts of the Old World. See {Locust}.
	        [1913 Webster +PJC]
	
	     Note: The meadow or green grasshoppers belong to the
	           {Locustid[ae]}. They have long antenn[ae], large
	           ovipositors, and stridulating organs at the base of the
	           wings in the male. The European great green grasshopper
	           ({Locusta viridissima}) belongs to this family. The
	           common American green species mostly belong to
	           {Xiphidium}, {Orchelimum}, and {Conocephalus}.
	           [1913 Webster]
	
	     2. In ordinary square or upright pianos of London make, the
	        escapement lever or jack, so made that it can be taken out
	        and replaced with the key; -- called also the {hopper.}
	        --Grove.
	        [1913 Webster]
	
	     3. (Mil.) An antipersonnel mine that jumps from the ground to
	        body height when activated, and explodes, hurling metal
	        fragments over a wide area.
	        [PJC]
	
	     4. A mixed alcoholic beverage containing cr[`e]me de menthe,
	        light cream, and sometimes cr[`e]me de cacao. The name
	        comes from its light green color.
	        [PJC]
	
	     {Grasshopper engine}, a steam engine having a working beam
	        with its fulcrum at one end, the steam cylinder at the
	        other end, and the connecting rod at an intermediate
	        point.
	
	     {Grasshopper lobster} (Zo["o]l.) a young lobster. [Local, U.
	        S.]
	
	     {Grasshopper warbler} (Zo["o]l.), cricket bird.
	        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
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