cockroach n any insect of the suborder Blattodea (or Blattaria), such as Blatta orientalis (oriental cockroach or black beetle): order Dictyoptera, They have an oval flattened body with long antennae and biting mouthparts and are common household pests See also →
German cockroach →
mantis (C17: from Spanish cucaracha, of obscure origin)
n a small cockroach, Blattella germanica: a common household pest, (Also called (U.S.))
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