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Symbol: QUMA6 Group: Dicot Family: Fagaceae Duration: Perennial Growth Habit: Tree Shrub Native Status: L48    N Synonyms:   QUDR Quercus drummondii Liebm.   QUSTA Quercus stellata Wangenh. var. araniosa Sarg.   QUSTM Quercus stellata Wangenh. var. margarettae (Ashe) Sarg. Distribution: County distributions for the following U.S. states are available at...

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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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