cockroach ( Blattaria )

Pronunciation key

( kokrōch′)



[Sp. cucharacha wood louse, confused with roach].

Insect which has slender legs and long sensory feelers. It has straight wings with a flat, yellow-brown or black color body. A common household pest, especially around kitchens and warm, damp locations.

Taxonomic Hierarchy
Kingdom Animalia – Animal, animals
Phylum Arthropoda – arthropods
Subphylum Hexapoda – hexapods
Class Insecta – insects, hexapoda
Subclass Pterygota – winged insects
Infraclass Neoptera – modern, wing-folding insects
Order Dictyoptera
Suborder Blattaria – barata, Blattodea, cockroaches
Direct Children:
Superfamily Blaberoidea
Superfamily Blattoidea


  • Webster's New World Dictionary of the American Language (College Edition) ©1955
  • Blattaria Taxonomic Serial No.: 102427
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