“The bushmen [says Captain Stockenston] consider locusts a great luxury, consuming great quantities, fresh, and drying abundance for future emergencies.” “They are eaten [says Thomas Bayne] in like manner by the Arabs of the Desert, and by other nomadic tribes in the East.”
Even the wasting locust-swarm, Which mighty nations dread, To me no terror brings, nor harm, I make of them my bread.
African Sketches (1820).
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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