From Old English [Term?], primarily occurring in the northeast Midlands region of England. Ultimately from Proto-Germanic *kuppaz (“vault, round vessel, head”), from Proto-Indo-European *gū- (“to bend, curve”). Compare Danish edderkop, Norwegian edderkopp, Low German kobbe.
Originating from the Dutch invaders who populated this area, the same word coppe, pronounced 'kab', existed in Middle Dutch up until the 14th century . The word kobbe, meaning spider, still exists in West-Flemish, a Dutch dialect spoken in the West of Flanders.
- Still in use in the northeast Midlands region of England, although now almost obsolete.