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2008-06-15 00:00:08

Two meerkats pose for the camera yesterday in in their new enclosure at Tropical World in Leeds - in readiness to become stars on the internet. The creatures at the Roundhay Park attraction have been getting used to life in a specially-built home - with everything they would expect in their natural desert habitat, before making their online debut. And, all the action in the expansive toughened glass enclosure will be available for anyone to see - on the Leeds City Council website. The...


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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