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See German cockroach.
[After the Croton River of southeast New York.]
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(Animals) US another name for the German cockroach
[C19: named after the Croton river, whose water was piped to New York City in 1842]
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|Noun||1.||Croton bug - small light-brown cockroach brought to United States from Europe; a common household pest|
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