Cockroach and Water-Bug

Cockroach

Cockroaches are insects of the order Blattaria or Blattodea, of which about 30 species out of 4,500 total are associated with human habitats.

cockroach n : any of numerous chiefly nocturnal insects; some are domestic pests [syn: {roach}]

Cockroach \Cock"roach\, n. [Sp. cucaracha.] (Zo["o]l.) An orthopterous insect of the genus {Blatta}, and allied genera. [1913 Webster] Note: The species are numerous, especially in hot countries. Those most commonly infesting houses in Europe and North America are {Blatta orientalis}, a large species often called {black beetle}, and the {Croton bug} ({Blatta Germanica}, formerly {Ectobia Germanica}), also called the {German cockroach}. [1913 Webster +PJC]

Water-Bug

Waterbug or Water bug can refer to any of several things:

water bug n 1: a true bug: large aquatic bug adapted to living in or on the surface of water 2: small light-brown cockroach brought to United States from Europe; a common household pest [syn: {German cockroach}, {Croton bug}, {crotonbug}, {Blattella germanica}]

Water bug \Wa"ter bug`\ (Zo["o]l.) (a) The Croton bug. (b) Any one of numerous species of large, rapacious, aquatic, hemipterous insects belonging to {Belostoma}, {Benacus}, {Zaitha}, and other genera of the family {Belostomatid[ae]}. Their hind legs are long and fringed, and act like oars. Some of these insects are of great size, being among the largest existing Hemiptera. Many of them come out of the water and fly about at night. [1913 Webster]

Data Sources:

  • cockroach: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • cockroach: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • water-bug: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • water-bug: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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