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2009-09-23 13:05:06

Researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution spent last month trying to determine if warmer oceanic waters were seeping into the regions surrounding Greenland. Ruth Curry and a team of researchers based their study on the observation that glaciers have started to flow faster than normal throughout the past decade. This observation led them to believe that warmer, subtropical waters were to blame. In 2005, scientists noticed that Greenland's Helheim Glacier had nearly doubled in...


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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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