Semotilus bullaris
Roach Roach, n. [OE. rroche; cf. AS. reohha, D. rog, roch, G. roche, LG. ruche, Dan. rokke ray, Sw. rocka, and E. ray a fish.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A European fresh-water fish of the Carp family ({Leuciscus rutilus}). It is silver-white, with a greenish back. (b) An American chub ({Semotilus bullaris}); the fallfish. (c) The redfin, or shiner. [1913 Webster]

2. (Naut.) A convex curve or arch cut in the edge of a sail to prevent chafing, or to secure a better fit. [1913 Webster]

{As sound as a roach} [roach perhaps being a corruption of a F. roche a rock], perfectly sound. [1913 Webster]


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  • Semotilus bullaris — Fallfish Fall fish , n. (Zo[ o]l.) A fresh water fish of the United States ({Semotilus bullaris}); called also {silver chub}, and {Shiner}. The name is also applied to other allied species. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • As sound as a roach — Roach Roach, n. [OE. rroche; cf. AS. reohha, D. rog, roch, G. roche, LG. ruche, Dan. rokke ray, Sw. rocka, and E. ray a fish.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) A European fresh water fish of the Carp family ({Leuciscus rutilus}). It is silver white, with a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fallfish — Fall fish , n. (Zo[ o]l.) A fresh water fish of the United States ({Semotilus bullaris}); called also {silver chub}, and {Shiner}. The name is also applied to other allied species. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Leuciscus rutilus — Roach Roach, n. [OE. rroche; cf. AS. reohha, D. rog, roch, G. roche, LG. ruche, Dan. rokke ray, Sw. rocka, and E. ray a fish.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) A European fresh water fish of the Carp family ({Leuciscus rutilus}). It is silver white, with a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Roach — Roach, n. [OE. rroche; cf. AS. reohha, D. rog, roch, G. roche, LG. ruche, Dan. rokke ray, Sw. rocka, and E. ray a fish.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) A European fresh water fish of the Carp family ({Leuciscus rutilus}). It is silver white, with a greenish… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shiner — Fallfish Fall fish , n. (Zo[ o]l.) A fresh water fish of the United States ({Semotilus bullaris}); called also {silver chub}, and {Shiner}. The name is also applied to other allied species. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • silver chub — Fallfish Fall fish , n. (Zo[ o]l.) A fresh water fish of the United States ({Semotilus bullaris}); called also {silver chub}, and {Shiner}. The name is also applied to other allied species. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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