attercop

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English attercoppe, from Old English ātorcoppe (spider) (> Old Danish etærkop, ederkoppæ > Danish edderkop (spider)), corresponding to atter (poison, venom) +‎ cop (spider). The latter is still to be found in the English word cobweb. Cognate to Dutch etterkop (peevish or ill-natured person).

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attercop (plural attercops)

  1. (obsolete except in dialects) A spider.
  2. (obsolete except in dialects) A peevish or ill-natured person.

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