max roach


Maxwell ("Max") born 1924, U.S. jazz drummer and bandleader. Unabridged
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roach1 (rəʊtʃ)
n , pl roaches, roach
1.  a European freshwater cyprinid food fish, Rutilus rutilus, having a deep compressed body and reddish ventral and tail fins
2.  any of various similar fishes
[C14: from Old French roche, of obscure origin]

roach2 (rəʊtʃ)
1.  short for cockroach
2.  slang the butt of a cannabis cigarette

roach3 (rəʊtʃ)
1.  the amount by which the leech of a fore-and-aft sail projects beyond an imaginary straight line between the clew and the head
2.  the curve at the foot of a square sail
[C18: of unknown origin]

Roach (rəʊtʃ)
Hal, full name Harald Eugene Roach. 1892--1992, US film producer, whose company produced numerous comedy films in the 1920s and 1930s, including those featuring Harold Lloyd and Laurel and Hardy

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1837, shortened form of cockroach (q.v.), 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.

"small freshwater fish," early 14c., from O.Fr. roche (13c.), perhaps from a Germanic source.
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