loach [lohch] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. any of several slender European and Asian fishes of the family Cobitidae and related families, having several barbels around the mouth.

Origin of loach 1325–75; Middle English loche Middle French Examples from the Web for loach Historical Examples of loach

  • It abounds in loach, and there are valuable salmon fisheries.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1


  • The pond beyond the garden contained a quantity of carp and loach.

    A Nobleman’s Nest

    Ivan Turgenieff

  • The loach and the bullhead are fairly hardy, but have little other attraction.

    Three Hundred Things a Bright Boy Can Do


  • At times he wants to eat a dish of loach from Phalerum; I seize my dish and fly to fetch him some.

    The Birds


  • Notwithstanding, we have the same Loach as you have, in Bigness.

    A New Voyage to Carolina

    John Lawson

  • British Dictionary definitions for loach loach 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 for loach C14: from Old French loche, of obscure origin Loach noun

    1. Ken (neth). born 1936, British television and film director; his works for television include Cathy Come Home (1966) and his films include Kes (1970), Riff-Raff (1991), Bread and Roses (2000), The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006), and The Angels’ Share (2012)

    Word Origin and History for 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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