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

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During a reopening inspection on May 31, the inspector noted seven live cockroaches. Joyce Smith, kansascity, "A Jose Pepper’s in JoCo was temporarily shut down for health code violations," 4 June 2019 The Jewel Wasp uses a neurotoxin to turn cockroaches into willing hosts for its larvae (an Ecuadorian wasp does much the same with a species of spider). Joe Lindsey, Popular Mechanics, "'Game of Thrones' Science: How Do Wights Work?," 26 Apr. 2019 Which reminds me, especially for Apple fans: Don’t forget the cockroach theory of bad news. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "Stock Picking Is Like Time Travel," 13 Jan. 2019 Fast-breeding pests that are tolerant of pollutants, like flies and cockroaches, will likely fill the vacancies left behind and continue to thrive due to warmer global temperatures and the disappearance of their slow-to-breed predators. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "The Staggering Worldwide Decline of Insects Is a Warning of Ecosystem Collapse," 13 Feb. 2019 But at this one place, the cockroach selfie is like, the point. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "The Halloween experience in 2018 is less spooky and more selfies.," 22 Oct. 2018 McDonald said, further arguing that two days before the fire, Tam and his wife left the Novi home because of a cockroach problem and went to stay at their lake house. Detroit Free Press, "Man gets 9 months in deaths of 5 Mexican immigrants who lived in his basement," 4 Jan. 2018 The meek won’t inherit the Earth—cockroaches and carbon-fiber truck beds will. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "2019 GMC Sierra: The Truck That Tried to Reinvent the Tailgate," 27 Aug. 2018 The idea: Experiencing vastly larger-than-life butterflies, Madagascar hissing cockroaches, and bedbugs makes them less creepy-crawly, more relatable. Bethany Ao, Philly.com, "7 days of things to do in Philadelphia from May 20 to 26," 17 May 2018

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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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cockroach

noun

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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