cockroach

noun
cock·​roach | \ ˈkäk-ˌrōch How to pronounce cockroach (audio) \

Definition of cockroach

: any of an order or suborder (Blattodea synonym Blattaria) of chiefly nocturnal insects including some that are domestic pests — compare German cockroach

Examples of cockroach in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web How to partner with a case manager to find alternative housing that was safe, both from stairs that could lead to a fall, and from mice and cockroaches that could re-infect a wound. Katie Freeman, Twin Cities, "Katie Freeman, M.D.: Gratitude for exceptional training at M Health Fairview St. Joseph’s Hospital," 5 Dec. 2019 Brain-to-brain interfaces also span across species, with humans using noninvasive methods similar to those in the BrainNet study to control cockroaches or rats that had surgically implanted brain interfaces. Robert Martone, Scientific American, "Scientists Demonstrate Direct Brain-to-Brain Communication in Humans," 29 Oct. 2019 Kitchen areas were infested with rodents, cockroaches and flies. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Newsweek: Edgemoor nursing home is best in the state," 20 Oct. 2019 The results suggest cockroaches are quickly evolving resistance to the three chemicals tested. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Cockroaches are becoming almost impossible to kill as they build resistance to insecticides, study finds," 2 July 2019 Container of cockroach bait in storage area. | Discarded. Ebony Day, azcentral, "Too hot guacamole among citations in latest restaurant inspections," 20 Nov. 2019 Some people are tasked with eating cockroaches, being buried alive, fighting to survive Saw-like contraptions, and more. Megan Stein, Country Living, "This Haunted House Will Pay You $20K If You Make It to the End (But Honestly, You Won't)," 23 Oct. 2019 Officials found no cockroaches in the kitchen and two dead in the basement. Anna Bauman, SFChronicle.com, "Novato McDonald’s reopens after cockroach infestation, health department says," 1 Oct. 2019 On May 30, an inspector found cockroaches in a condenser unit, at the bar salsa side station, and on a back wall behind a cooler. Joyce Smith, kansascity, "A Jose Pepper’s in JoCo was temporarily shut down for health code violations," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of cockroach

1623, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cockroach

by folk etymology from Spanish cucaracha cockroach

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10 Dec 2019

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“Cockroach.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cockroach. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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cockroach

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How to pronounce cockroach (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of cockroach

: a black or brown insect that is sometimes found in people's homes

cockroach

noun
cock·​roach | \ ˈkäk-ˌrōch How to pronounce cockroach (audio) \

Kids Definition of cockroach

: a black or brown insect that is active chiefly at night and can be a troublesome pest in homes

cockroach

noun
cock·​roach | \ ˈkäk-ˌrōch How to pronounce cockroach (audio) \

Medical Definition of cockroach

: any of an order or suborder (Blattodea synonym Blattaria) of chiefly nocturnal insects including some that are domestic pests — see blatta, blattella, periplaneta

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