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2009-12-23 06:17:19

Divers are combing the depths of ocean waters 60 miles south of the Mexican coast in search of the unique queen conch shell that may help scientists better understand the effects of global warming on the fragile aquatic ecosystem. Researchers were attaching electronic probes to more than 50 queen conch specimens that are native to these waters. The probes will gather informational data that will help in the study of climate changes off the Yucatan Peninsula. The information they gather may be...


Word of the Day
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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