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cobweb

[kob-web] /ˈkɒbˌwɛb/
noun
1.
a web spun by a spider to entrap its prey.
2.
a single thread spun by a spider.
3.
something resembling a cobweb; anything finespun, flimsy, or insubstantial.
4.
a network of plot or intrigue; an insidious snare.
5.
cobwebs, confusion, indistinctness, or lack of order:
I'm so tired my head is full of cobwebs.
verb (used with object), cobwebbed, cobwebbing.
6.
to cover with or as with cobwebs:
Spiders cobwebbed the cellar.
7.
to confuse or muddle:
Drunkenness cobwebbed his mind.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English coppeweb, derivative of Old English -coppe spider (in ātorcoppe poison spider); cognate with Middle Dutch koppe; see web
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British Dictionary definitions for cob-web

cobweb

/ˈkɒbˌwɛb/
noun
1.
a web spun by certain spiders, esp those of the family Theridiidae, often found in the corners of disused rooms
2.
a single thread of such a web
3.
something like a cobweb, as in its flimsiness or ability to trap
Derived Forms
cobwebbed, adjective
cobwebby, adjective
Word Origin
C14 cob, from coppe, from Old English (ātor)coppe spider; related to Middle Dutch koppe spider, Swedish (dialect) etterkoppa
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Word Origin and History for cob-web
cobweb
1323, first element is O.E. -coppe in atorcoppe "spider," lit. "poison-head" (see attercop). Cob for "a spider" was an old word nearly dead even in dialects when J.R.R. Tolkien used it in "The Hobbit" (1937).
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