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Spicy News: Scientists Sequence Chile Pepper Genome
2013-02-08 11:14:59

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online This week, geneticists from the New Mexico State University´s Chile Pepper Institute announced they have successfully completed the genomic sequencing of the chile pepper, marking the first time the feat has ever been done with the famously spicy plant. “This puts NMSU and the Chile Pepper Institute on the cutting edge with a new level of research,” Paul Bosland, an NMSU professor and director of the Institute, said 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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