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loach

[lohch] /loʊtʃ/
noun
1.
any of several slender European and Asian fishes of the family Cobitidae and related families, having several barbels around the mouth.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English loche < Middle French
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British Dictionary definitions for loaches'

loach

/ləʊtʃ/
noun
1.
any carplike freshwater cyprinoid fish of the family Cobitidae, of Eurasia and Africa, having a long narrow body with barbels around the mouth
Word Origin
C14: from Old French loche, of obscure origin

Loach

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1.
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Word Origin and History for loaches'

loach

n.

small edible European fish, mid-14c., from Old French loche (13c.), also, in dialect, "slug," of unknown origin (see discussion in Gamillscheg).

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loach

any of the small, generally elongated freshwater fishes of the family Cobitidae. More than 200 species are known; most are native to central and southern Asia, but three are found in Europe and one in northern Africa. A typical loach has very small scales and three to six pairs of whiskerlike barbels around its mouth. In some species, such as the spined loach (Cobitis taenia) of Eurasia, there is also a short, movable spine near each eye

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