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 For today’s shoot, Morningstar is dressed as a cockroach. Jessica Goldstein, Vulture, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Recap: This Is Not My Beautiful House," 1 Jan. 2021 In one storage room, glass jars full of pollens—red alder, mountain cedar, bottlebrush—dust mites, cockroach, cattle hair, aspergillus, and other allergens lined the shelves. Hannah Hoag, Quartz, "Life-saving wasp venom relies on a shaky supply chain," 16 Nov. 2020 Rat and cockroach infestations, mold, broken radiators and appliances, gas shut-offs and other issues have forced some tenants to move. Cezary Podkul, WSJ, "Wall Street-Funded Plan to Gentrify Affordable Housing Crumbles in Harlem," 25 Oct. 2020 The new 2020 set features 117 emojis in total such as a face wearing the Groucho glasses disguise, that Italian hand gesture with the pinched fingers, and finally, a cockroach. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, "Bubble tea, tamale and fondue: Here are all the new food emojis coming to iPhones soon," 1 Oct. 2020 Some bore placards depicting Lukashenko as a mustachioed cockroach. Bloomberg.com, "March of 100,000 Marks Seventh Week of Belarus Protests," 20 Sep. 2020 Some bore placards depicting Lukashenko as a mustachioed cockroach. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, "Belarus sees another massive Sunday protest after opposition leader detained," 20 Sep. 2020 The Cockroach, a strained and unfunny attempt at a satirical inversion of Kafka, in which a cockroach wakes up as Britain’s pro-Brexit prime minister. Michael Washburn, National Review, "Postmodernist American Writers and 9/11," 10 Sep. 2020 When an apartment has a cockroach infestation, that is a violation of the housing code and health code. Kelly Klein | Kelly Klein, Star Tribune, "Landlord failed to disclose cockroach problem," 4 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of cockroach

1616, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cockroach

by folk etymology from Spanish cucaracha cockroach

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12 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Cockroach.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cockroach. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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cockroach

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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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