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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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a flightless long-horned grasshopper, Anabrus simplex, of the western U.S., that is destructive to range grasses and cultivated crops.
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|Noun||1.||mormon 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
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