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 The doctor extracted the dead cockroach in a procedure that took less than five minutes. Sara Spary, CNN, 13 Jan. 2022 The case that the government is attempting to feed you has a giant cockroach in the middle of the plate. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 4 Feb. 2022 Email is the cockroach of internet software, invincible. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 12 Jan. 2022 Or citing a cockroach problem in the forensic biology section of the lab’s former building. San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Nov. 2021 Several strikingly original costumes turned heads—from a towering New York City cockroach to a Barbie inside her packaging to a plastic surgery patient in recovery. Zachary Weiss, Vogue, 1 Nov. 2021 During a night hike in the tropics of Borneo, the photographer observed a bracket fungus releasing masses of spores which caused the refraction of light, while a cockroach feeds. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 25 Oct. 2021 Some insects, such as the cockroach-like Palo Verde beetle, come out only during the monsoon to mate. Arkansas Online, 4 Sep. 2021 Some insects, such as the cockroach-like Palo Verde beetle, come out only during the monsoon to mate. Arkansas Online, 4 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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“Cockroach.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cockroach. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for cockroach

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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