from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various Eurasian and African freshwater fishes of the family Cobitidae, having barbels around the mouth.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A bottom-feeding freshwater fish of the family Cobitidae.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any one of several small, fresh-water, cyprinoid fishes of the genera Cobitis, Nemachilus, and allied genera, having six or more barbules around the mouth. They are found in Europe and Asia. The common European species (Nemachilus barbatulus) is used as a food fish.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small European fish, Cobitis (Nemachilus) barbatula, of the family Cobitidæ; hence, any fish of that family.
- n. A European fresh-water gadoid fish, the burbot or eel-pout, Lota maculosa. See cut under burbot.
- n. A simpleton.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. slender freshwater fishes of Eurasia and Africa resembling catfishes
Middle English loche, from Old French, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *laukka, fish, slug, possibly of Celtic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)