The sun was setting, and he pointed to a cobweb glistening in a ray of light.
The umbrella proved to be fashioned of gum arabic and cobweb.
He passed one hand in front of his face as if brushing a cobweb or—a hair.
He passed his hand over his forehead, much as a man might brush away a cobweb flung across his evening walk between hedges.
And he went away, brushing the sleeve of his coat which had caught a cobweb.
The whole forms a compact structure firmly held together by cobweb, which is the cement ordinarily utilised by bird masons.
He affixed a reel, threaded a cobweb line, and selected a fly.
I pause to brush its cobweb from my August Reverie as an idle vaporish thing.
And, kneeling down, she began to disentangle a fly, imprisoned in a cobweb.
She said,—yes, I remember now just what she did say—she said that a pretty bubble had burst and become a cobweb.
early 14c., coppewebbe; the first element is Old English -coppe, in atorcoppe "spider," literally "poison-head" (see attercop). Spelling with -b- is from 16c., perhaps from cob. Cob as a stand-alone for "a spider" was an old word nearly dead even in dialects when J.R.R. Tolkien used it in "The Hobbit" (1937).