- cockney bream,
Origin of cockroach
Examples from the Web for cockroach
It was also full of s--t, a coach scrambling like a cockroach.Syracuse Coach's Boneheaded Defense of Assistant Accused of Sexual Abuse|Buzz Bissinger|November 29, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Cockroach begins with a failed suicide attempt by the protagonist.
If a man comes in to pay money, the cockroach looks glad, a smile plays around his mouth, and he acts kitteny.Peck's Sunshine|George W. Peck
A note on the amoeba of the cockroach cultivated by Smith and Barret.The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches|Louis M. Roth
If you dislike to touch the cockroach so much, perhaps you will look at this picture of a croton bug.The Insect Folk|Margaret Warner Morley
In two points, however, the life-story of these flies with their aquatic larvae recalls that of the cockroach.The Life-Story of Insects|Geo. H. Carpenter
The night after hearing this choice legend Clarence was found crouching beside me in bed for fear of the cockroach.Chantry House|Charlotte M. Yonge
Word Origin for cockroach
1620s, folk etymology (as if from cock + roach) of Spanish cucaracha "chafer, beetle," from cuca "kind of caterpillar." Folk etymology also holds that the first element is from caca "excrement."
A certaine India Bug, called by the Spaniards a Cacarootch, the which creeping into Chests they eat and defile with their ill-sented dung [Capt. John Smith, "Virginia," 1624].