Definition of red locust in English:

red locust


  • 1Any of various locusts that have some red coloration (in early use frequently figurative); (in later use) specifically a large locust having a striped brown body with red markings at the base of the hindwings, Nomadacris septemfasciata, occasionally a serious pest in parts of sub-Saharan Africa.

  • 2North American. The locust tree, Robinia pseudoacacia; the wood of this tree. Now rare.


Late 17th century; earliest use found in John Dryden (1631–1700), poet, playwright, and critic. From red + locust.


red locust

/ˌrɛd ˈləʊkəst/