cockroach

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English[edit]

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A cockroach.

Etymology[edit]

From Spanish cucaracha (woodlouse), from cuca (butterfly caterpillars), of onomatopoeic origin; see also Greek κόκκυξ (kókkuks) and Late Latin cucus. Influenced, via folk etymology, by cock and roach.

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

cockroach (plural cockroaches)

  1. (zoology) A black or brown straight-winged insect of the order Blattodea.
  2. (offensive, slang) An unhygienic person or a member of a group of people regarded as unhygienic or rapidly procreating.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (black or brown insect): roach (US)

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