Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See German cockroach.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Blattella germanica; German cockroach. See cockroach

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A small, active, winged species of cockroach (Ectobia Germanica), the water bug. It is common aboard ships, and in houses in cities, esp. in those with hot-water pipes; -- called also the German cockroach.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A common name in the United States for Blatta (Ectobia) germanica, a roach, originally imported from Europe.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small light-brown cockroach brought to United States from Europe; a common household pest
  • n. small light-brown cockroach brought to United States from Europe; a common household pest

Etymologies

After the Croton River of southeast New York.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Croton water of New York. (Wiktionary)

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