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2008-07-02 09:20:00

The infamous Peruvian Inca citadel - Machu Picchu - may soon join UNESCO's growing list of endangered World Heritage sites. Yearly visits to Peru's top tourist destination have more than doubled in the last ten years to 800,000 people. Conservationists now warn landslides, fires and creeping development threaten the site. UNESCO officials will discuss research into the jungle-shrouded ruins this week at a World Heritage Committee meeting in Quebec City. The goal of conference organizers is...


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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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