desert locust

  1. a migratory locust, Schistocerca gregaria, of North Africa and Asia, associated with the plagues described in the Old Testament.

Origin of desert locust

First recorded in 1940–45

Words Nearby desert locust Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use desert locust in a sentence

  • The region was already in a precarious position, given the economic aftershocks of Covid-19 and the scourge of desert locusts, which disrupted agriculture in the past year.