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redlegged grasshopper

[red-leg-id, -legd]
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noun
  1. a migratory grasshopper, Melanoplus femur-rubrum, of the southwestern and midwestern U.S., having reddish skin on the underside of the hind legs: an agricultural pest.

Origin of redlegged grasshopper

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70
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