Definitions for loachloʊtʃ
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
any slender freshwater fish of the family Cobitidae, having barbels around the mouth.
Origin of loach:
1325–75; ME loche < MF
slender freshwater fishes of Eurasia and Africa resembling catfishes
A bottom-feeding freshwater fish of the family Cobitidae.
any one of several small, fresh-water, cyprinoid fishes of the genera Cobitis, Nemachilus, and allied genera, having six or more barbules around the mouth. They are found in Europe and Asia. The common European species (N. barbatulus) is used as a food fish
Cobitidae is the family of the true loaches, which are Old World freshwater fish. They occur throughout Eurasia and in Morocco, and inhabit riverine ecosystems. Today, most "loaches" are placed in other families. New species are being described regularly.
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