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From Spanish cucaracha (“woodlouse”), from cuca (“butterfly caterpillars”), of onomatopoeic origin; see also Greek κόκκυξ (kókkux) and Late Latin cucus. Influenced, via folk etymology, by cock and roach.
cockroach (plural cockroaches)
- A black or brown straight-winged insect of the order Blattodea.
- (slang, offensive) A person or a member of a group of people regarded as undesirable and rapidly procreating.
- (offensive, slang, ethnic slur, Rwanda) A Tutsi.
- (black or brown insect): roach (US)
type of insect