3. [syn: locust tree, locust]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Harvest \Har"vest\ (h[aum]r"v[e^]st), n. [OE. harvest, hervest,
AS. h[ae]rfest autumn; akin to LG. harfst, D. herfst, OHG.
herbist, G. herbst, and prob. to L. carpere to pluck, Gr.
karpo`s fruit. Cf. Carpet.]
1. The gathering of a crop of any kind; the ingathering of
the crops; also, the season of gathering grain and fruits,
late summer or early autumn.
Seedtime and harvest . . . shall not cease. --Gen.
At harvest, when corn is ripe. --Tyndale.
2. That which is reaped or ready to be reaped or gathered; a
crop, as of grain (wheat, maize, etc.), or fruit.
Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe.
To glean the broken ears after the man
That the main harvest reaps. --Shak.
3. The product or result of any exertion or labor; gain;
The pope's principal harvest was in the jubilee.
The harvest of a quiet eye. --Wordsworth.
Harvest fish (Zool.), a marine fish of the Southern United
States (Stromateus alepidotus); -- called whiting in
Virginia. Also applied to the dollar fish.
Harvest fly (Zool.), an hemipterous insect of the genus
Cicada, often called locust. See Cicada.
Harvest lord, the head reaper at a harvest. [Obs.]
Harvest mite (Zool.), a minute European mite (Leptus
autumnalis), of a bright crimson color, which is
troublesome by penetrating the skin of man and domestic
animals; -- called also harvest louse, and harvest
Harvest moon, the moon near the full at the time of harvest
in England, or about the autumnal equinox, when, by reason
of the small angle that is made by the moon's orbit with
the horizon, it rises nearly at the same hour for several
Harvest mouse (Zool.), a very small European field mouse
(Mus minutus). It builds a globular nest on the stems of
wheat and other plants.
Harvest queen, an image representing Ceres, formerly
carried about on the last day of harvest. --Milton.
Harvest spider. (Zool.) See Daddy longlegs.
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Locust \Lo"cust\, n. [L. locusta locust, grasshopper. Cf.
1. (Zool.) Any one of numerous species of long-winged,
migratory, orthopterous insects, of the family
Acridid[ae], 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.
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.
Locust beetle (Zool.), a longicorn beetle (Cyllene
robini[ae]), which, in the larval state, bores holes in
the wood of the locust tree. Its color is brownish black,
barred with yellow. Called also locust borer.
Locust bird (Zool.) the rose-colored starling or pastor of
India. See Pastor.
Locust hunter (Zool.), an African bird; the beefeater.
2. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Bot.) The locust tree. See Locust
Tree (definition, note, and phrases).
Locust bean (Bot.), a commercial name for the sweet pod of
the carob tree.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: migratory grasshoppers of warm regions having short
2: hardwood from any of various locust trees
3: any of various hardwood trees of the family Leguminosae [syn:
locust tree, locust]
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
There are ten Hebrew words used in Scripture to signify locust.
In the New Testament locusts are mentioned as forming part of
the food of John the Baptist (Matt. 3:4; Mark 1:6). By the
Mosaic law they were reckoned "clean," so that he could lawfully
eat them. The name also occurs in Rev. 9:3, 7, in allusion to
this Oriental devastating insect.
Locusts belong to the class of Orthoptera, i.e.,
straight-winged. They are of many species. The ordinary Syrian
locust resembles the grasshopper, but is larger and more
destructive. "The legs and thighs of these insects are so
powerful that they can leap to a height of two hundred times the
length of their bodies. When so raised they spread their wings
and fly so close together as to appear like one compact moving
mass." Locusts are prepared as food in various ways. Sometimes
they are pounded, and then mixed with flour and water, and baked
into cakes; "sometimes boiled, roasted, or stewed in butter, and
then eaten." They were eaten in a preserved state by the ancient
The devastations they make in Eastern lands are often very
appalling. The invasions of locusts are the heaviest calamites
that can befall a country. "Their numbers exceed computation:
the hebrews called them 'the countless,' and the Arabs knew them
as 'the darkeners of the sun.' Unable to guide their own flight,
though capable of crossing large spaces, they are at the mercy
of the wind, which bears them as blind instruments of Providence
to the doomed region given over to them for the time.
Innumerable as the drops of water or the sands of the seashore,
their flight obscures the sun and casts a thick shadow on the
earth (Ex. 10:15; Judg. 6:5; 7:12; Jer. 46:23; Joel 2:10). It
seems indeed as if a great aerial mountain, many miles in
breadth, were advancing with a slow, unresting progress. Woe to
the countries beneath them if the wind fall and let them alight!
They descend unnumbered as flakes of snow and hide the ground.
It may be 'like the garden of Eden before them, but behind them
is a desolate wilderness. At their approach the people are in
anguish; all faces lose their colour' (Joel 2:6). No walls can
stop them; no ditches arrest them; fires kindled in their path
are forthwith extinguished by the myriads of their dead, and the
countless armies march on (Joel 2:8, 9). If a door or a window
be open, they enter and destroy everything of wood in the house.
Every terrace, court, and inner chamber is filled with them in a
moment. Such an awful visitation swept over Egypt (Ex. 10:1-19),
consuming before it every green thing, and stripping the trees,
till the land was bared of all signs of vegetation. A strong
north-west wind from the Mediterranean swept the locusts into
the Red Sea.", Geikie's Hours, etc., ii., 149.
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):
Locust, NC -- U.S. city in North Carolina
Population (2000): 2416
Housing Units (2000): 981
Land area (2000): 5.135025 sq. miles (13.299654 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 5.135025 sq. miles (13.299654 sq. km)
FIPS code: 38860
Located within: North Carolina (NC), FIPS 37
Location: 35.267185 N, 80.426805 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 28097
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.