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2006-08-10 07:17:03

By Victoria Averill NIMIKOR CHIEFDOM, Sierra Leone (Reuters) - Chief Aiah Lebbie weighs a small but heavy pile of metallic flakes glistening in the palm of his hand. It is gold, found by small-scale or artisanal diamond miners in the tailings of a diamond gravel pit in Nimikor, Lebbie's chiefdom, in Sierra Leone's eastern province. Unaware of soaring gold prices on international markets and more concerned with looking for diamonds, miners sell these flakes to the chief for a just a...


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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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