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2009-02-10 13:50:00

Many birds in North America are moving further north and inland during the winter, providing further evidence of global warming's affect on natural systems, the Audubon Society said Tuesday. Nearly 60 percent of the 305 species found in North America have shifted their ranges northward by an average of 35 miles, according to the report. Audubon scientists analyzed information from 40 years of Christmas Bird Count data to conclude that global warming is having a serious impact on natural...


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attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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