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cockroach

Syllabification: cock·roach
Pronunciation: /ˈkäkˌrōCH
 
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Definition of cockroach in English:

noun

A beetlelike insect with long antennae and legs, feeding by scavenging. Several tropical species have become established worldwide as pests in homes and food service establishments.
  • Suborder Blattodea, order Dictyoptera: many genera and species, including the oriental cockroach (Blatta orientalis) and the American cockroach (Periplaneta americana); some, especially in the genus Ectobius, are small temperate species that live outdoors
Example sentences
  • Houseflies, mosquitoes and cockroaches are identified as the most common domestic insect pests.
  • The ants and the cockroaches have also begun to return; no longer is it safe to leave the cat food out on the back step.
  • Removing the space prevents cockroaches and other pests from residing in the dark corners.

Origin

early 17th century (as cacaroch): from Spanish cucaracha. The spelling change was due to association with cock1 and roach2.

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