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Coral and Arachninium | by garlandcannon
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Coral and Arachninium

"Attercop, attercop, lazy lob, crazy cob!" shouted Bilbo at the artist at work amid the coral vine.


Attercop is derived from Old English at(t)or-coppa, Middle English atter-cop(pe), both of which mean spider. The word attercop literally means “poison-head”, the old idea being that spiders were poisonous insects.


The Oxford English Dictionary gives the definition of tomnoddy as “a foolish or stupid person”.


This jewel among spiders and gem among vines are in my backyard.


"Both the words lob and cob are words for “spider”. Lob comes from Old English loppe, lobbe; Middle English loppe, lop(p), lob. Cob is rare as a separate word, and is most likely taken from cobweb. "


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Taken on October 13, 2009