loach definition

  • noun:
    • some of different Eurasian and African freshwater fishes regarding the family members Cobitidae, having barbels around the lips.
    • A bottom-feeding freshwater seafood of family members Cobitidae.
    • anybody of several tiny, fresh-water, cyprinoid fishes of the genera Cobitis, Nemachilus, and allied genera, having six or even more barbules round the mouth. They have been present in European countries and Asia. The normal European species (Nemachilus barbatulus) is used as a food seafood.
    • A small European fish, Cobitis (Nemachilus) barbatula, of the family Cobitid√¶; hence, any fish of that family.
    • A European fresh-water gadoid fish, the burbot or eel-pout, Lota maculosa. See cut-under burbot.
    • A simpleton.
    • slender freshwater fishes of Eurasia and Africa resembling catfishes

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