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Giant Grenadier Albatrossia pectoralis
2009-01-17 21:09:53

The Giant Grenadier (Albatrossia pectoralis) is a species of rattail fish that is found in the north Pacific from northern Japan to the Okhotsk and Bering seas, east to the Gulf of Alaska, and south to northern Baja California in Mexico. It occurs at depths between 450 and 11,500 feet. This specimen grows to about 7 feet long. It has the usual greatly elongated pointed tail of the rattails....

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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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