Definition of locusta in US English:

locusta

noun

  • 1Originally: = "locust". In later use: specifically any of the large, grasshopper-like orthopteran insects constituting the genus Locusta; specifically the migratory locust, L. migratorius. Also (in form Locusta): the genus itself.

  • 2A lobster, crayfish, or other crustacean. Compare "locust". rare. Now historical.

Origin

Late Middle English; earliest use found in John Trevisa (c1342–?1402), translator. From classical Latin locusta locust.

Pronunciation

locusta

/ləʊˈkʌstə/