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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
roach
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
good
▪ Jackie Whites for chub from the blockhouse, with one or two good roach bags around the outfall.
▪ Crane for plenty of small fish from the bottom end, and some good nets of roach from the Ashtip Field.
▪ Swineford second field producing chub and a few good roach.
▪ Kelston for good nets of roach, chub, perch and odd bream from pegs below the weir.
▪ Dorset Stour. Good bags of roach, bream and chub throughout.
▪ Downstream, the Bartensham section is turning up some good roach.
small
▪ Slow, even before ice, with small roach and perch.
▪ He pole fished pinkies at eight metres for a dozen small roach to 5 oz.
▪ Leeds were given the fish by a benefactor, their task was to remove the many small roach and skimmer bream.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Dace and roach on the Salmon Hall stretch but chub main target to big baits.
▪ He caught a good couple of pounds of roach on ledgered casters from bites that were all but invisible.
▪ He was like a roach, could melt into the cracked recesses of the tenements all around.
▪ Quality roach boosting returns in Chester, legered bronze maggot best.
▪ Skimmers, roach and small perch from most Liverpool sections but pike active.
▪ Swineford second field producing chub and a few good roach.
▪ To them, roach spray may simply carry a nasty odor.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Roach

Roach \Roach\, n. (Zo["o]l.) A cockroach.

Roach

Roach \Roach\, n. [OE. rroche; cf. AS. reohha, D. rog, roch, G. roche, LG. ruche, Dan. rokke ray, Sw. rocka, and E. ray a fish.]

  1. (Zo["o]l.)

    1. A European fresh-water fish of the Carp family ( Leuciscus rutilus). It is silver-white, with a greenish back.

    2. An American chub ( Semotilus bullaris); the fallfish.

    3. The redfin, or shiner.

  2. (Naut.) A convex curve or arch cut in the edge of a sail to prevent chafing, or to secure a better fit.

    As sound as a roach [roach perhaps being a corruption of a F. roche a rock], perfectly sound.

Roach

Roach \Roach\, v. t.

  1. To cause to arch.

  2. To cut off, as a horse's mane, so that the part left shall stand upright.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
roach

shortened form of cockroach, 1837, on mistaken notion that it was a compound. In contemporary writing said to be from a polite desire to avoid the sexual connotation in the first syllable. Meaning "butt of a marijuana cigarette" is first recorded 1938, perhaps from resemblance to the insect, but perhaps a different word entirely.

roach

small freshwater fish, c.1200, from Old French roche (13c.), of uncertain origin, perhaps from a Germanic source. Applied to similar-looking fish in North America.

Wiktionary
roach

Etymology 1 n. 1 Certain members of the fish family Cyprinidae, including: 2 # Species in the genus ''Rutilus'', especially: 3 ## The (vern: common roach) (''Rutilus rutilus'') 4 # The (vern: California roach), of the monotypic genus (taxlink Hesperoleucus genus noshow=1) Etymology 2

n. 1 (context US English) A cockroach. 2 (context US slang smoking English) A butt of a marijuana cigarette. 3 (context UK slang smoking English) The filter of a rolled cigarette or joint, made from card or paper. 4 (context nautical English) An extra curve of material added to the leech edge of a sail to increase the sail area. 5 A kind of headdress worn by some of the indigenous peoples of North America.

WordNet
roach
  1. n. the butt of a marijuana cigarette

  2. street names for flunitrazepan [syn: R-2, Mexican valium, rophy, rope, roofy, forget me drug, circle]

  3. any of numerous chiefly nocturnal insects; some are domestic pests [syn: cockroach]

  4. European freshwater food fish having a greenish back [syn: Rutilus rutilus]

Wikipedia
Roach

Roach may refer to:

Roach (surname)

Roach is an English/British surname derived from the Old French roche (rock), and may refer to:

Roach (smoking)

A roach is the remains of a joint, blunt or roll up cigarette after most of it has been smoked. In Europe, the UK and most Commonwealth nations, the term is often used more specifically to refer to a short tube, commonly torn from a pack of rolling papers, that may be present in the unlit end of a joint. This hollow mouthpiece, customarily made of thin cardboard, is termed a "filter" in North America. It is commonly set in position during the rolling process, or may be inserted later. When the use of a roach is employed, a joint can still be held securely after it has burnt down to a short length; thus, the entire length of the joint may be smoked, without the aid of a roach clip.

Roach (headdress)

Porcupine hair roaches are a traditional male headdress of a number of Native American tribes in what is now present-day New England, the Great Lakes and Missouri River regions, including the Potawatomi who lived where Chicago now stands. They were and still are most often worn by dancers at pow wows as regalia.

The porcupine hair roach is often made of guard hair of the porcupine, the tail hair of the white-tail deer, moose hair, or artificial stiff hair; often, the hair is dyed a bright color, such as red or yellow, which can symbolize a veteran of combat. Some roaches from the southern plains are made with black turkey beards.

The term roach also applies to the traditional Mohawk hairstyle worn by some warriors of some southern plains tribes such as the Pawnee and some Algonquin tribes, such as the Mohegan and Lenape. This is where their hair is shorn like a horse’s mane which was considered stylish in the 19th century. All their hair would be cut, save a strip down the middle of their head.

Present day, most roaches have evolved into separate headdresses. They are made from turkey beard hair, porcupine guard hair and deer-tail hair. Depending on where a tribe is from can determine what their headdress will look like. Typically, central and southern plains style their roaches with the front hairs standing straight up with only a gradual outward flare and are usually smaller in size. The northern plains style hair roach headdress typically have the hairs in front form horizontally outward and tend to be larger in size. Often, men would add bits of animal hair to the headdresses.

Usage examples of "roach".

Porter Square, Cambridge because whenever he finished the last of the substances on hand he always threw out all his bongs and pipes, screens and tubes and rolling papers and roach clips, lighters and Visine and Pepto-Bismol and cookies and frosting, to eliminate all future temptation.

Thrower and Roach was man and wife, an idea that made Cavil almost laugh right out.

In addition to carp and crucians, roaches, and the compulsory pike, the lake contained a red-blazed calf that could talk on St.

After a couple days the glass is all steamed up and the roach has asphyxiated messlessly and Orin discards both the roach and the tumbler in separate sealed Ziplocs in the dumpster complex by the golf course up the street.

By the time I parked, Mooner was already through the door, had located a roach, and was lighting up.

Captain Quelch was captured with his crew, Roach escaped near the Cape by Snake Island.

The landscape rushed past in a blur, then the scramjet kicked in just as they cleared the end of the launch rail and the Navatar stood the plane on its tail, rising vertically through a scattering of patchy cumulus clouds at roach seven going on seventeen.

Los Angeles Tattler that first printed a front-page article, by Gayle Clarke of course, with the headline, WHERE WILL THE ROACH STRIKE NEXT?

Of course every newspaper from the Times to the Tattler was zeroing in on the Roach murders.

Press Relations, the Tattler had then run cheap-shot editorials about how Captain Andrew Palatazin was dragging his feet on the Roach investigation.

One day it was thunny, and me and my little brother put the glath over some roach bugs that was outside on the alley porch, by the trash?

Now after seven shots and a cranky wanky for Karrie Capshaw and a oneeyed wink of the trouser snake to the ole fraternity boys, he lay down on his dirty sheets and flicked the roaches away from his nest.

Once when he stepped on a roach in the kitchen, he told me my mother had spent hours luring roaches out of the house with bits of marshmallow and trails of graham-cracker crumbs, that she was a lunatic when it came to saving bugs.

I thought about the way my mother had built trails of graham-cracker crumbs and marshmallow to lure roaches from the house rather than step on them.

When Pedro squinted at the two American girls as they walked from their taxi into the hotel, his Stygian eyes blinked more rapidly than usual down the slopes of his nose, and his pilous antennae vibrated like the feelers of a roach sensing feasts beneath the kitchen sink.