How did the Cockroach Get its Name and Where does the Word Cockroach Come From?

Captain John Smith described this unattractive insect in 1624: “A certain India Bug, called by the Spaniards a Cacarootch, the which creeping into Chests they eat and defile with their ill-sented dung.”

cockroach on a glass window

The Spanish name, however, is cucaracha, which the English, with usual disregard for foreign languages, converted to cockroach.

how did the cockroach get its name and where does the word cockroach come from
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