redlegged grasshopper

[ red-leg-id, -legd ]
/ ˈrɛdˌlɛg ɪd, -ˌlɛgd /

noun

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.

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Origin of redlegged grasshopper

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70
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