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The Turtle That Never Was
2013-04-07 07:11:57

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers at the Senckenberg Research Institute in Dresden have discovered that a freshwater turtle species declared extinct has not died out as experts had previously believed — in truth, it never existed. The Seychelles mud turtle Pelusios seychellensis was originally described in 1906 as a species endemic to Mahe island, but despite an exhaustive search by scientists, living members of the species had not been...


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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