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cock·roach

 (kŏk′rōch′)
n.
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.

[By folk etymology from obsolete cacarootch, from Spanish cucaracha, from cuca, caterpillar.]
Word History: The English word cockroach comes from the Spanish cucaracha. An early English form of cockroach is found in the writings of Captain John Smith, the English adventurer who helped found the British colony of Virginia in 1607. In a work first published in 1624, Smith describes the insects on the islands of Bermuda: "Musketas and Flies are also too busie, with a certaine India Bug, called by the Spaniards a Cacarootch, the which creeping into Chests they eat and defile with their ill-sented dung." Smith's spelling of the Spanish word was perhaps influenced by caca, the word for "excrement" in the baby-talk of many European languages, including Spanish and English. Later the form taken by the Spanish word cucaracha in English was influenced by another word, cock, "rooster," and the modern form cockroach was born. (This phenomenon, the alteration of a word resulting from a mistaken assumption about its meaning, is called folk etymology by linguists.) The Spanish word cucaracha has nothing to do with roosters, however. It is thought to be related to cuca, a word for a common kind of moth caterpillar in Spain.

cockroach

(ˈkɒkˌrəʊtʃ)
n
(Animals) any insect of the suborder Blattodea (or Blattaria), such as Blatta orientalis (oriental cockroach or black beetle): order Dictyoptera. They have an oval flattened body with long antennae and biting mouthparts and are common household pests. See also German cockroach, mantis
[C17: from Spanish cucaracha, of obscure origin]

cock•roach

(ˈkɒkˌroʊtʃ)

n.
any of numerous orthopterous insects of the family Blattidae, characterized by a flattened body, rapid movements, and usu. nocturnal habits and including several common household pests. Also called roach.
[1615–25; < Sp cucaracha, of uncertain orig., assimilated by folk etym. to cock1, roach2]

cock·roach

(kŏk′rōch′)
Any of numerous brownish or black insects having a flat body and usually long antennae. Certain species are common household pests.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cockroach - any of numerous chiefly nocturnal insectscockroach - any of numerous chiefly nocturnal insects; some are domestic pests
dictyopterous insect - cockroaches and mantids
Blattaria, Blattodea, suborder Blattaria, suborder Blattodea - cockroaches; in some classifications considered an order
Asiatic cockroach, blackbeetle, Blatta orientalis, oriental cockroach, oriental roach - dark brown cockroach originally from orient now nearly cosmopolitan in distribution
American cockroach, Periplaneta americana - large reddish brown free-flying cockroach originally from southern United States but now widely distributed
Australian cockroach, Periplaneta australasiae - widely distributed in warm countries
Blattella germanica, Croton bug, crotonbug, German cockroach, water bug - small light-brown cockroach brought to United States from Europe; a common household pest
giant cockroach - large tropical American cockroaches
Translations
صَرْصورصَرْصُور
хлебарка
šváb
kakerlak
blato
torakka
žohar
csótánysvábbogár
kacoakecoak
kakkalakki
ゴキブリ
바퀴벌레
blatta
tarakonas
tarakāns
kakkerlaksissende kakkerlak
gândac
šváb
ščurek
kackerlacka
แมลงสาบ
hamam böceğihamamböceği
con gián

cockroach

[ˈkɒkrəʊtʃ] Ncucaracha f

cockroach

[ˈkɒkrəʊtʃ] ncafard m, cancrelat m

cockroach

nKüchenschabe f, → Kakerlak m

cockroach

[ˈkɒkˌrəʊtʃ] nscarafaggio, blatta

cockroach

(ˈkokrəutʃ) noun
a beetle-like insect which is a household pest.

cockroach

صَرْصُور šváb kakerlak Küchenschabe κατσαρίδα cucaracha torakka cafard žohar scarafaggio ゴキブリ 바퀴벌레 kakkerlak kakerlakk karaluch barata таракан kackerlacka แมลงสาบ hamam böceği con gián 蟑螂

cockroach

n. cucaracha.

cockroach

n cucaracha