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noun 
  1. (zoology) A black or brown straight-winged insect of the order Blattodea, with about 3,500 species divided into six families. Only a few of these take up residence with human beings. Among these are (a), Periplaneta americana (American cockroach or palmetto bug; (b), Blattella germanica (German cockroach or Croton bug; and (c), Blattella asahinai, (Asian cockroach).
  2. Disparaging term for individuals or groups of people regarded as dirty, or who breed like cockroaches.
Translations: 
  • Dutch: sissende kakkerlak(nl, kakkerlak, m}}, t-, nl)m
  • French: blatte , cafard , cancrelat , coquerelle (italbrac, Quebec)
  • German: Kakerlake(de, Schabe, f, t-, de)m
  • Italian: scarafaggio(it, blatta, f, {{t+, it)m
  • Spanish: cucaracha(es)f
Etymology: Spanish cucaracha, woodlouse


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