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2008-09-29 18:00:00

By Tony Henderson THE Duke of Northumberland will today lead the centenary celebrations of a building tucked away in a picturesque bay on the North East coast. But Newcastle University's Dove Marine Laboratory, originally set up in 1908 to study over-fishing, has never been more vital at a time when the potential of the seas to provide solutions to the major issues facing mankind is being increasingly recognised. The Dove, at Cullercoats in North Tyneside, is an internationally-...


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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