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  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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Historical Examples

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

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


  • 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


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

British Dictionary definitions for loach


  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


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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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