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loach

[lohch]
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noun
  1. any of several slender European and Asian fishes of the family Cobitidae and related families, having several barbels around the mouth.
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Origin of loach

1325–75; Middle English loche < Middle French
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Examples from the Web for loach

Historical Examples

  • It abounds in loach, and there are valuable salmon fisheries.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1

    Various

  • The pond beyond the garden contained a quantity of carp and loach.

    A Nobleman's Nest

    Ivan Turgenieff

  • The loach and the bullhead are fairly hardy, but have little other attraction.

  • At times he wants to eat a dish of loach from Phalerum; I seize my dish and fly to fetch him some.

    The Birds

    Aristophanes

  • Notwithstanding, we have the same Loach as you have, in Bigness.


British Dictionary definitions for loach

loach

noun
  1. any carplike freshwater cyprinoid fish of the family Cobitidae, of Eurasia and Africa, having a long narrow body with barbels around the mouth
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French loche, of obscure origin

Loach

noun
  1. Ken (neth). born 1936, British television and film director; his works for television include Cathy Come Home (1966) and his films include Kes (1970), Riff-Raff (1991), Bread and Roses (2000), The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006), and The Angels' Share (2012)
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Word Origin and History for loach

n.

small edible European fish, mid-14c., from Old French loche (13c.), also, in dialect, "slug," of unknown origin (see discussion in Gamillscheg).

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