Cockroach meaning

kŏkrōch
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Any of numerous insects of the order or suborder Blattaria, having oval flat bodies and laying eggs in hardened cases, and including several species that are common household pests.
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Any of an order (Blattaria) of insects with long antennae and a flat, soft body: some species are common household pests.
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Any of numerous insects of the order or suborder Blattaria, having oval flat bodies and laying eggs in hardened cases, and including several species that are common household pests.
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(zoology) A black or brown straight-winged insect of the order Blattodea.
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(offensive, slang) An unhygienic person or a member of a group of people regarded as unhygienic or rapidly procreating.
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Origin of cockroach

  • By folk etymology from obsolete cacarootch from Spanish cucaracha from cuca caterpillar

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Spanish cucaracha (“woodlouse”), from cuca (“butterfly caterpillars”), of onomatopoeic origin; see also Greek κόκκυξ (kokkuks) and Late Latin cucus. Influenced, via folk etymology, by cock and roach.

    From Wiktionary