Meaning of cockroach

cock•roach

Pronunciation: (kok'rōch"), [key]
— n.
  1. any of numerous orthopterous insects of the family Blattidae, characterized by a flattened body, rapid movements, and nocturnal habits and including several common household pests. Also calledCf. American cockroach, German cockroach, oriental cockroach.
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