from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The typical genus of the family Blattidæ: formerly coextensive with the family, but now greatly restricted.
- n. A member of this genus.
- n. A purple silk interwoven with gold, used in the early middle ages. Rock, Textile Fabrics.
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- n. type genus of the Blattidae: cockroaches infesting buildings worldwide
Sorry, no etymologies found.
For the record, that blatta-blatta sound is the way a Vietnam vet once described for me the sound of an AK-47.
"Ecce auditur strepitus in domo, potest esse mus, felis, ericius, aut quod tigna subsidant blatta." -- p. 624.
When a cruiser was particularly afflicted by the _blatta_, a couple of these insects would effectually clear chests and drawers in a few days.
Lipas, the cockroach (blatta); chingkarek, the cricket (gryllus);
According to Mr Anderson's observations, they were of two sorts, the _blatta orientalis_ and _germanica_.
Although that is not a cognate of English beetle (< OE bitula, ` a biter '), blatta could conceivably be a relative of Old English budda -- not any friend, however, of Gautama -- as scearn-budda is only a dung-beetle.
If we substitute b for p in pulaka we get the Latin word for cockroach, blatta.
Amore cecidi tauquam blatta in pelmm. vbi malim Amorem incidi. interetufa animd\ Idem accidere interdum iis, qui aquas puteis qnaerunt, monet Palladius; et qui latrinas purgant,