cockroach

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English[edit]

A cockroach.

Etymology[edit]

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. Doublet of cucaracha.

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Noun[edit]

cockroach (plural cockroaches)

  1. A black or brown straight-winged insect of the order Blattodea.
    Synonym: roach (US)
  2. (slang, offensive) A person or a member of a group of people regarded as undesirable and rapidly procreating.
  3. (offensive, slang, ethnic slur, Rwanda) A Tutsi.

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