from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A spider.
- noun Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun obsolete A spider.
- noun North of Eng. A peevish, ill-natured person.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A
- noun obsolete except in dialects A
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Not yet on the list but I must borrow / buy: The Ring of Words, by three senior editors of the OED, who talk about Tolkien's contributions to the Dictionary and rather more interestingly to me about certain individual words used in Tolkien's fiction attercop, hobbit, Smeagol, and more.
In my native Lancashire dialect an attercop is a spider: it can be found in modern Danish also as edderkop.
a spider an ‘attercop’ -- a word, by the way, still in popular use in the