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2008-10-07 12:25:00

British scientists say they've found a "chemical equator" that divides Northern Hemisphere polluted air from the mostly uncontaminated Southern Hemisphere. University of York researchers said they discovered evidence of an approximately 30-mile-wide atmospheric chemical equator above the western Pacific Ocean. The scientists said their findings show, for the first time, that the chemical and meteorological boundaries between the two hemispheric air masses are not necessarily the same. They...


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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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