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A locust or grasshopper; specifically one of the family Acrididae.
Designating grasshoppers and locusts, specifically those of the family Acrididae; of or relating to this family.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Craig (fl. 1847). From scientific Latin Acrida, genus name or its etymon ancient Greek ἀκρίδ-, ἀκρίς locust + -ian.
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