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    So Grasshopper is "Saltamontes"
    and Cricket is "Grillo"....

    What is Chapuline? A Nickname for anything that resembles a cricket or a grasshopper? In Oaxaca people eat what Americans call "crickets" but isn't the more literal translation "grasshopper"?

    Thanks for your opinions!

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    Chapulín is a nahuatl word to name "grasshoper" not cricket. For example, Chapultepec means "grasshoper hill" and aztecs used the icon of a grasshoper on a hill to represent it. You can see a picture (almost at the end) of the simbol of Chapultepect in this link: http://downtheroad.org/Photo/7MexCit...thropology.htm
    Evidently, the insect is a grasshoper.

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    Definitivamente: "grasshoper"

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    Thanks for the replies! Why are they called Chapulines when I think they are crickets? Just a mistake maybe?

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    They are not crickets. I have two friends from Mexico - one from Oaxaca and they both say they do not eat grillos they eat saltamontes. Chapulines is saltamontes.

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    Default chapulín

    a título informativo

    Según el DRAE: chapulín=langosta, cigarrón

    en inglés: langosta=locust cigarrón=cicada

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    Quote Originally Posted by serrabecerra
    They are not crickets. I have two friends from Mexico - one from Oaxaca and they both say they do not eat grillos they eat saltamontes. Chapulines is saltamontes.
    Mmmmm! Yumi, yumi! Their taste is similar to dryed shrimps. Delicious with lemon and chili.

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