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Thylacine
2006-12-12 12:50:21

The Thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus) is a large carnivorous marsupial native to Australia, which is thought to have become extinct in the 20th century. It is also known as the Tasmanian Tiger, Tasmanian Wolf, Marsupial Wolf, and the Tassie (or Tazzy) Tiger or simply the Tiger. It was the only member of its genus, Thylacinidae, although a number of related species have been found in the...

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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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