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New Firefly Species Discovered Delaware
2013-10-11 08:04:20

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Dr. Christopher Heckscher, associate professor of environmental science at Delaware State University (DSU), has become the first at that institution to discovery a new animal species. His discovery, a new firefly species among the Photuris genus , was described in the journal Entomological News. Dr. Heckscher originally discovered the new firefly, named Photuris mysticalampas, in 2004 when he was working as the state zoologist for...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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