Definitions

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 Cobitid├Ž; 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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • And the first thing visitors see when they get off the bus is a statue of the company's mascot: the high-fin loach.

    Swimming Upstream

  • 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.

    With Challenges in Abundance, New Japan Leader Reaches Out

  • He is conciliatory and self-deprecating, likening himself to a bottom-dwelling scavenger fish called a loach.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Mr Noda compared himself to a bottom-feeding loach fish.

    Speed Dating With Japan's Leaders

  • Free speech allows loach to say these things but responsibility and common sense needs to be exercised too when words like his are propogated.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • 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.

    Biological diversity in the Eastern Afromontane

  • 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.

    Bah, snow.

  • Well Ken loach just called for Blair and his cabinet to stand trial in the Hague and got an ovation on radio 4.

    EXCLUSIVE: Has the Government Gagged the Beeb?

  • Another loach buzzed in to do a battle-damage assessment, poking around a bit until he amazingly took some scattered fire.

    Again to Carthage

  • 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.

    Again to Carthage

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