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Mormon cricket

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  1. a flightless, long-horned grasshopper, Anabrus simplex, of the western U.S., that is destructive to range grasses and cultivated crops.
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Origin of Mormon cricket

First recorded in 1895–1900; so named because found where the Mormons settled
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