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2009-05-07 14:55:00

A Malaysian lawmaker warned Thursday that the nation's spectacular firefly population is under threat of destruction within months due to large-scale land clearing. The fireflies are one of Malaysia's leading tourist attractions. "If we do not do anything, the lights will go out for the fireflies by the end of the year," Elizabeth Wong, who oversees tourism and environmental affairs in the Malaysian state of Selangor, told the AFP. Conservation groups had notified Malaysia's government about...


Word of the Day
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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