One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A locust or cicada, or other insect thought to resemble one of these (now rare).
2Any of several beetles associated with locust trees; especially (US) an orange and black leaf beetle, Odontota dorsalis, the larvae of which are leafminers of the black locust, Robinia pseudoacacia.
Mid 18th century. Originally after post-classical Latin scarabaeus locusta or its model Dutch sprinkhaantorre.
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