any of several slender European and Asian fishes of the family Cobitidae and related families, having several barbels around the mouth.

Nearby words

  1. lo tech,
  2. lo-cal,
  3. lo-fi,
  4. lo-res,
  5. loa loa,
  6. load,
  7. load displacement,
  8. load factor,
  9. load fund,
  10. load line

Origin of loach

1325–75; Middle English loche < Middle French

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British Dictionary definitions for loach



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

Word Origin for loach

C14: from Old French loche, of obscure origin



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Word Origin and History for loach



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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