One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in John Trevisa (c1342–?1402), translator. From classical Latin locusta locust.
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