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Black Cobweb Spider
2009-10-27 12:32:20

The Black Cobweb Spider (Steatoda capensis), also known as the Brown House Spider and Cupboard Spider, is a species of arachnid commonly found throughout southern Africa. It has been introduced to Australia and New Zealand. In New Zealand it is commonly known as the false katipo. This small spider is mostly shiny black and may have a small bright red, orange, or yellow patch near the tip of...

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mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.