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
Recent Examples of cockroach from the Web
These include the albino Burmese python, Kenyan sand boa, Flemish giant rabbits, rose-haired tarantula, African pygmy hedgehogs, bearded dragon and Madagascar hissing cockroaches, among others.
Worse, Bell said the family had to buy a new refrigerator after rats chewed a hole through the base of their old fridge and allowed a horde of cockroaches to flood inside.
Attacks can be triggered by a variety of irritants, including tobacco smoke, dust mites, outdoor air pollution, cockroach allergen, pets, mold, and smoke from burning wood or grass, according to the CDC.
Some car names die too soon, others cling to life with the tenacity of cockroaches, and a few even return from the dead.
Violations of the housing code included the need for new roofs, a missing door, broken windows, decayed ceilings and bedbug and cockroach infestations, according to the lawsuit.
Tacos y Mariscos El Picante, 2223 W. Fifth St., Santa Ana; cockroach infestation; closed May 31, reopened June 1.
The house was filled with mold, cockroaches, and human waste and in the middle of it all was an emaciated six-year old wearing a diaper and kept in a dark room the size of a closet.
And if the roach has been the target of an insecticide, certain kinds of poison, notably organophosphate nerve poisons, cause muscular spasms that can flip a cockroach onto its back.
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Origin and Etymology of cockroach
by folk etymology from Spanish cucaracha cockroach
First Known Use: 1623See Words from the same year
COCKROACH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cockroach for English Language Learners
: a black or brown insect that is sometimes found in people's homes
COCKROACH Defined for Kids
Definition of cockroach for Students
: a black or brown insect that is active chiefly at night and can be a troublesome pest in homes
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