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Goldenrod Crab Spider
2009-07-01 10:59:37

The Goldenrod Crab spider (Misumena vatia) is a species of crab spider which thrives in the northern hemisphere. This crab spider received the name Goldenrod Crab spider in North America, where it is the best-known and largest flower spider. This spider is frequently found hunting in brilliant yellow goldenrod sprays in the autumn. These spiders are generally hard to distinguish on a yellow...

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  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'