attercop

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attercop (ˈætəkɒp)
 
n
1.  a spider
2.  an ill-natured person
 
[Old English attorcoppa, from ātor poison and possibly cop head]

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attercop
"spider," O.E. attorcoppa, lit. "poison-head," from ator "poison," from P.Gmc. *aitra- "poisonous ulcer" (cf. O.N. eitr, O.H.G. eitar "poison;" Ger. eiter "pus," O.H.G. eiz "abscess, boil") + copp "top, summit, round head," probably also "spider" (cf. cobweb and Du. spinne-cop "spider").
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