cob-webbed

cobweb

[kob-web]
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; Middle English coppeweb, derivative of Old English -coppe spider (in ātorcoppe poison spider); cognate with Middle Dutch koppe; see web

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cobweb (ˈkɒbˌwɛb)
 
n
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
 
[C14 cob, from coppe, from Old English (ātor)coppe spider; related to Middle Dutch koppe spider, Swedish (dialect) etterkoppa]
 
'cobwebbed
 
adj
 
'cobwebby
 
adj

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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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