Locust in Easton's Bible Dictionary
There are ten Hebrew words used in Scripture to signify
In the New Testament locusts are mentioned as
forming part of
the food of John the Baptist (Matt. 3:4; Mark 1:6).
Mosaic law they were reckoned "clean," so that he
eat them. The name also occurs in Rev. 9:3, 7, in
this Oriental devastating insect.
Locusts belong to the class of Orthoptera, i.e.,
straight-winged. They are of many species. The
locust resembles the grasshopper, but is larger and
destructive. "The legs and thighs of these insects
powerful that they can leap to a height of two
hundred times the
length of their bodies. When so raised they spread
and fly so close together as to appear like one
mass." Locusts are prepared as food in various ways.
they are pounded, and then mixed with flour and
water, and baked
into cakes; "sometimes boiled, roasted, or stewed in
then eaten." They were eaten in a preserved state by