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Black Widow
2009-06-17 13:56:13

The Black Widow (Latrodectus mactans), typically known as the Southern Black Widow, is a species of arachnid that is native to the United States of America. There are two closely related species to the Southern Black Widow; the Western Black Widow (Latrodectus hesperus), and the Northern Black Widow (Latrodectus variolus). These three species are often confused with the genus Steatoda (false...

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cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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