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

Scolopendra cingulata, with common names Megarian banded centipede and the Mediterranean banded centipede, is the most common scolopendromorph species in the mountainous locales of the Mediterranean region. S. cingulata can often be found under stones, rocks and fallen tree trunks where it rests during the day. The escolopendra, as it is referred to in Spanish, feeds nocturnally. S....

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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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