Loach meaning

lōch
Any of various Eurasian and African freshwater fishes of the family Cobitidae and related families of the order Cypriniformes, having barbels around the mouth.
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Any of a family (Cobitidae, order Cypriniformes) of small, bottom-dwelling, freshwater, bony fishes with barbels around the mouth.
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A bottom-feeding freshwater fish in the superfamily Cobitoidea.
  • The true loach, of the family Cobitidae.
  • A similar fish in one of three other families of Cypriniformes: Botiidae, Balitoridae, and Gyrinocheilidae.
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Origin of loach

  • Middle English loche from Old French perhaps from Vulgar Latin laukka fish, slug possibly of Celtic origin
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition