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Megarian Banded Centipede Scolopendra cingulate
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Image Caption: Scolopendra cingulata, centipede. Credit: Eran Finkle/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0) The Megarian banded centipede (Scolopendra cingulate), also known as the Mediterranean banded centipede, is most often found in areas of the Mediterranean and southern areas of Europe. Its range includes Greece, France, Italy, Spain, and North Africa. This species prefers to burrow underneath rocks...

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cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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