cockroach

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noun cock·roach \ˈkäk-ˌrōch\

Definition of cockroach

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

Origin and Etymology of cockroach

by folk etymology from Spanish cucaracha cockroach


First Known Use: 1623


COCKROACH Defined for English Language Learners

cockroach

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noun cock·roach \ˈkäk-ˌrōch\

Definition of cockroach for English Language Learners

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


COCKROACH Defined for Kids

cockroach

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noun cock·roach \ˈkäk-ˌrōch\

Definition of cockroach for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

cockroach

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noun cock·roach \ˈkäk-ˌrōch\

Medical Definition of cockroach

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

Illustration of cockroach



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