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Rocky Mountain locust

noun
1.
a migratory locust, Melanoplus spretus, that occurs in North America, especially the Great Plains, where swarms cause great damage to crops and other vegetation.
Also called Rocky Mountain grasshopper.
Origin of Rocky Mountain locust
1875-1880
An Americanism dating back to 1875-80
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