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

  • n. A small, light brown cockroach (Blatella germanica) that is a common household pest. Also called Croton bug.


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  • The ripped-from-the-headline stories have been a part of the Law & Order brand for two decades, but have been more East Coast-centric — a function of the original Law & Order as well as spinoffs Special Victims Unit and Criminal Intent being set in New York.

    Scouring the Headlines, Law & Order: LA Takes on Two Big L.A. Scandals

  • Lutz, author of cultural histories Doing Nothing and Crying, has enlisted a roster of more than 200 contributing editors that includes several Pulitzer winners and is representative of the growing importance of Los Angeles and West Coast-centric writers.

    Book Reviews: Will The Los Angeles Review Of Books Be Funded?

  • While rollin' with the top down or BBQ-ing on the beach seem to be West Coast-centric hot weather activities, city-dwelling East Coasters tend to prefer malt liquor or cocktail sipping on the stoop.

    Summer Drink Specials

  • All of this, however, has begun eliciting backlash from other parts of the country, wondering whether the Big East is truly deserving of the hype or an inevitable byproduct of the East Coast-centric media.

  • The book's chief drawback is its tiresome East Coast-centric, anti-flyover-country ethic.

  • And by the way, as the progressive Web site Media Matters reports, if we can momentarily shift our East Coast-centric eyes from our own icy weather, note that they're having trouble getting enough snow at the Olympics in Vancouver and Rio de Janeiro is wilting from its worst heat wave in half a century.

    t r u t h o u t

  • It's easy to get a little miffed at the East Coast-centric, Tiger-centric media.

    This Just In From

  • This chic mini-chain may have been imported from New York, but the beer is West Coast-centric, as its dozen-plus taps are likely to be filled with selections from Craftsman,


  • "When you deal with digital entertainment companies in the US they are fairly West Coast-centric and if you are not there you have to stand out from the crowd if they are going to take any notice of you whatsoever."

    BBC News | Technology | World Edition


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