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Origin and Meaning of Locust

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Lo"cust
  1. [Zoöl] Any one of numerous species of long-winged, migratory, orthopterous insects, of the family Acrididæ, allied to the grasshoppers; esp., (Edipoda migratoria, syn. Pachytylus migratoria, and Acridium perigrinum, of Southern Europe, Asia, and Africa. In the United States the related species with similar habits are usually called grasshoppers. See Grasshopper.
  2. Etymology: Etymol. uncertain

    [Bot] The locust tree. See Locust Treedefinition, note, and phrases).

Note: ☞ These insects are at times so numerous in Africa and the south of Asia as to devour every green thing; and when they migrate, they fly in an immense cloud. In the United States the harvest flies are improperly called locusts. See Cicada.

Etymology: L. locusta locust, grasshopper. Cf. Lobster

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Migratory grasshoppers of warm regions having short antennae
  2. Any of various hardwood trees of the family Leguminosae
  3. Hardwood from any of various locust trees

Notable Persons Named Locust

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Locust

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Popularity of Locust as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Locust U.S.
  White 10.13% 64.26%
  African American 41.50% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 35.78% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 7.52% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 5.07% 16.26%

Of Last Name Locust

People with the last name Locust are most frequently White, African American, or American Indian and Alaska Native

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Fun Facts about the name Locust

  • How Popular is the name Locust? As a last name Locust was the 36,525th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Locust first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Locust is Wednesday, April 18th, 1900.
  • How unique is the name Locust? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Locust. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Locust: Your name in reverse order is Tsucol. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Otlcsu. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Locust? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 612 people with the last name Locust.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Locust? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Locust as their last name since less than 1 person in 476k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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