American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various Eurasian and African freshwater fishes of the family Cobitidae, having barbels around the mouth.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small European fish, Cobitis (Nemachilus) barbatula, of the family Cobitidæ; hence, any fish of that family. The common loach inhabits small clear streams, and is esteemed a delicacy. It is also called
beardy. The spinous loach or groundling is a smaller species, Cobitis tænia.
- n. A European fresh-water gadoid fish, the burbot or eel-pout, Lota maculosa. See cut under burbot.
- n. A simpleton.
- n. A bottom-feeding freshwater fish of the family Cobitidae.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) 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.
- 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)
“And the first thing visitors see when they get off the bus is a statue of the company's mascot: the high-fin loach.”
“It's a good fit for Mr. Noda, who bested more charismatic rivals Banri Kaieda and Seiji Maehara in an election to lead the ruling Democratic Party of Japan partly by likening himself to an ugly stream-dwelling fish called the loach, and who built his platform of unpopular, albeit low-key, planks such as a temporary reconstruction tax.”
“He is conciliatory and self-deprecating, likening himself to a bottom-dwelling scavenger fish called a loach.”
“Mr Noda compared himself to a bottom-feeding loach fish.”
“Free speech allows loach to say these things but responsibility and common sense needs to be exercised too when words like his are propogated.”
“In Lake Tana, which is the source of the Blue Nile in the Ethiopian Highlands, about a quarter of the nearly 65 fish species are endemic, including a loach Nemacheilus abyssinicus and 14 large cyprinid barbs.”
“I considered getting a new clown loach as I was worried the other one would feel lonely, but the clerk assured me s/he would be ok for a while, they were social but wouldn't die from loneliness either.”
“Well Ken loach just called for Blair and his cabinet to stand trial in the Hague and got an ovation on radio 4.”
“Another loach buzzed in to do a battle-damage assessment, poking around a bit until he amazingly took some scattered fire.”
“When there were enough resources to send a loach over, Skeeter set off a smoke marker but he was nowhere near a clearing and the place was still crawling with enemy.”
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