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Agamas
2005-06-23 09:42:44

Agamas (or Agamids) are the Agamidae family of lizards. This family contains more than 300 species located throughout Africa, Asia, Australia, and a few in Southern Europe. They are very similar to the American sister group of iguanas. Agamas are active at day and many species are perfectly adapted to a life in hot deserts. Others live in the trees of tropical rainforests. Agamas have...

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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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