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2008-09-17 16:51:18

By MIKE SWAIN; Science Editor WILDLIFE rangers light a huge bonfire piled with dead crocodiles to try to halt the spread of a disease that is threatening a whole colony. More than 150 crocs have died in three months in an epidemic that is puzzling scientists. It is feared the infection is spreading because healthy animals are eating the dead ones. So all the carcasses are being torched at Olifants Gorge in Kruger Park, South Africa. It is known they are dying of pansteatitis...


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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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