The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Grasshopper An insect considered clean in the law and therefore fit to eat; often mentioned alongside locusts (Lev 11:22; Num 13:33; Judg 6:5; 7:12; Eccl 12:5; Job 39:30; Isa 40:22; Jer 46:23; Nah 3:17).
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Grasshopper. Plant-eating insect equipped with long hind legs for leaping.See Animals.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
GRASSHOPPER Plant-eating insect equipped with long hind legs for leaping. See Animals.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
GrasshopperAn insect of the order Orthoptera, represented by two families: the short-horned Acrididae and the long-horned Tettigonidae. Often confused with the locust, the grasshopper is a relatively solitary insect lacking the gregarious features of locusts. Nevertheless, some short-horned grasshoppers
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Grasshopper (Heb. ˒arbeh, ḥāg̱āḇ).† An insect whose numbers and voracious appetite were a threat to agriculture in the ancient Near East.In ancient times, as today, the words grasshopper (family Tettiganiidae) and locust (or short-homed grasshopper; family Acridiidae) were used interchangeably.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Grasshopperbelongs to the class of neuropterous insects called Gryllidae. This insect is not unknown in Palestine.In Judg. 6:5; 7:12; Job 39:30; Jer. 46:23, where the Authorized Version has “grasshopper,” the Revised Version more correctly renders the Hebrew word (‘arbeh) by “locust.” This is the case
Compton’s Encyclopedia
grasshopperGrasshoppers are jumping insects that are found throughout the world, especially in lowland tropical forests, semiarid regions, and grasslands. In certain parts of the world, grasshoppers are eaten as food, most often dried, jellied, roasted, or ground into a meal. Most grasshoppers are herbivorous,
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Grasshopper (The). A compound of seven animals. (Anglo-Saxon, græshoppa.)“It has the head of a horse, the neck of an ox, the wings of a dragon, the feet of a camel, the tail of a serpent, the horns of a stag, and the body of a scorpion.”—Caylus: Oriental Tales (The Four Talismans).
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
GRASSHOPPER [אַרְבֶּהʾarbeh, חָגָבkhaghav]. The words grasshopper and LOCUST are used interchangeably (Nah 3:15, 17 NRSV, KJV, NIV). Both are declared clean for eating (Lev 11:22). The locust is understood as a gregarious, swarming, and destructive short-horned grasshopper (Acrididae). “Swarms of locusts”
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