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A pile of roaches compared to a new joint (sometimes referred to as a "Roach joint").

In US and Canadian slang a roach is a term for the remainder of a joint or blunt after most has been smoked. A roach can be smoked further through use of a roach clip, or by stuffing it in the screened crater of a one-hitter or in a bong or pipe. Roaches are yellowish-brown by the build-up of resin.

In the UK it refers to the cardboard filter that is used at the end of the joint that is placed in the mouth.

Etymology

The word "roach" entered American English from a Mexican Spanish slang word for marijuana (the name "marijuana" itself originated in Mexican Spanish), or a cigarette stub of marijuana, or tobacco adulterated with marijuana: cucaracha ("cockroach"; see also the folk song La Cucaracha.) In Spanish, tabaco de cucaracha refers to adulterated tobacco generally.[1][2]

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