\ ˈlōch How to pronounce loach (audio) \

Definition of loach

: any of a family (Cobitidae) of small Old World freshwater fishes related to the carps

Examples of loach in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He was fascinated by the park’s large ornamental pond wriggling with goldfish, mosquitofish, and loaches. Ferris Jabr, Smithsonian, "It’s Official: Fish Feel Pain," 8 Jan. 2018 As Andy Coghlan explains in The New Scientist, the cave loach seems to have diverged from surface fish some 20,000 years ago, when receding ice age glaciers made the Danube-Aach caves accessible. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Europe’s Only Known Cavefish Discovered in Germany," 5 Apr. 2017 Once divers had caught several elusive cave loaches, researchers were able to conduct detailed genetic analyses. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Europe’s Only Known Cavefish Discovered in Germany," 5 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of loach

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for loach

Middle English loche, from Anglo-French

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“Loach.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loach. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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