Mormon cricket

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Mormon cricket

A large flightless migratory katydid (Anabrus simplex) of western North America that is often destructive to crops and forage plants.

[Probably so called because the Mormon Church is prominent in the insect's range, and perhaps in direct reference to a swarm that threatened crops when Mormons first settled around the Great Salt Lake.]
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Mor′mon crick′et

a flightless long-horned grasshopper, Anabrus simplex, of the western U.S., that is destructive to range grasses and cultivated crops.
[1895–1900, Amer.]
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Noun1.Mormon cricket - large dark wingless cricket-like katydid of arid parts of western United Statesmormon cricket - large dark wingless cricket-like katydid of arid parts of western United States
katydid - large green long-horned grasshopper of North America; males produce shrill sounds by rubbing together special organs on the forewings
Anabrus, genus Anabrus - a genus of Tettigoniidae
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