Meaning of “cockroach” in the English Dictionary

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"cockroach" in British English

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cockroachnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkɒk.rəʊtʃ/ us /ˈkɑːk.roʊtʃ/

Examples from literature

  • From the collection, they identified 95 species, including a new kind of cockroach never identified before. 
  • The hill was covered in hundreds of thousands of busy, waste-eating cockroaches! 
  • Ants, cockroaches, mice, and other pests infest dirty places where food is kept, and render a house unfit for human habitation. 
  • Cockroaches, and all vermin, have an aversion to spirits of turpentine. 
  • I used to wonder at the ease with which a cockroach can climb a perfectly smooth wall and run across the ceiling. 

(Definition of “cockroach” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cockroach" in American English

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cockroachnoun [ C ]

us /ˈkɑk·roʊtʃ/ short form roach

a flat brown or black insect sometimes found in a house

(Definition of “cockroach” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)