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2008-10-04 15:00:10

By SKINNER, Marina Bill Milne, community conservationist: B March 3, 1926; d May 14, 2008, aged 82. -------------------- BILL MILNE never had much time for possums. When he was recovering from tuberculosis in Wellington Hospital after World War II they would climb on to the veranda railing beside his bed to steal fruit brought by visitors. Being confined to bed didn't stop him taking to the pests with a piece of wood. Mr Milne appreciated that possums did even more harm to native...


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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