American cockroach

noun

Amer·​i·​can cockroach ə-ˈmer-i-kən- How to pronounce American cockroach (audio)
: a cockroach of the genus Periplaneta (P. americana) that is a common domestic pest infesting ships or buildings (as homes, warehouses, or bakeries) in the northern hemisphere

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“American cockroach.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/American%20cockroach. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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