Definition of cockroach in English:

cockroach

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɒkrəʊtʃ
 
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noun

  • A beetle-like scavenging insect with long antennae and legs. Several tropical kinds have become established worldwide as household pests.
    • Suborder Blattodea, order Dictyoptera: many genera and species, including the common cockroach (Blatta orientalis) and the American cockroach (Periplaneta americana)
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    • 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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