- 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.
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
November 29, 2011
Cockroach begins with a failed suicide attempt by the protagonist.This Week's Hot Reads
The Daily Beast
October 20, 2009
Crept about the decks like a wretched insect—like a cockroach, only not so lively.Tales Of Hearsay
It has also the habit of paralysing the cockroach by stinging it on the nervous chain.The Industries of Animals
Finally, the cockroach began to fly; then, for a while, he had matters his own way.
When the cockroach crawls, he knows whither and wherefore he wants to go?Foma Gordyeff
But not you, you can't; you ain't got the invention of a cockroach.Treasure Island
Robert Louis Stevenson
Word Origin and History 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].