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Definition of "grasshopper" []

  • Any of numerous orthopteran insects of the families Locustidae (or Acrididae) and Tettigoniidae, often destructive to plants and characteristically having long, powerful hind legs adapted for jumping. Also called regionally hoppergrass. (noun)
  • A light, usually unarmed airplane used for liaison and scouting. (noun)
  • A cocktail consisting of crème de menthe, crème de cacao, and cream. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "grasshopper" in a sentence
  • "The grasshopper, you know, what we call the grasshopper in America, is really a locust."
  • "There are times when minor difficulties grow gigantic -- times, when as the Hebrew poet expressively terms it, "the grasshopper is a burthen;" so was it with our ill fated party this evening."
  • "Even the grasshopper is a burthen to a weak stomach, and babes in understanding cannot bear and digest strong meat."