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2005-06-08 15:02:02

The Little Tern (Sterna albifrons) is a seabird of the tern family Sternidae. The North American race, S. a. antillarum, is sometimes considered a separate species, Least Tern, Sterna antillarum. The Little Tern breeds on the coasts and inland waterways of temperate and tropical Europe, Asia and North America. It is migratory and winters in the subtropical and tropical oceans as far south as Peru and Brazil (Least Tern), South Africa and Australia. This colonial species breeds on gravel...

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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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