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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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 Good strategy for the cockroaches, more troubling for us. Lisa Margonelli, WSJ, "‘Never Home Alone’ Review: The Critters Chez Nous," 28 Nov. 2018 In Florida, a cockroach climbed into a woman’s ear and lived there for nine days. Angela Chen, The Verge, "2018 in weird science, from alien conspiracies to sensory illusions," 23 Dec. 2018 Because, like the saying goes, after a nuclear war, only two species will survive: cockroaches and Cher. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "Kimye, Adam Rippon, Tina Fey, and More Came Out for The Cher Show’s Opening Night," 4 Dec. 2018 Many species of cockroaches and rats have also become nocturnal. Rob Dunn, Discover Magazine, "Our Attempts to Eradicate Insects are Just Making them Resistant to Pesticides," 16 Nov. 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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