cobweb

\ \ [14] A cobweb was originally literally a web woven by a cop, a Middle English word for ‘spider’. It was short for attercopspider’, a compound of Old English origin which had largely died out by the 17th century. This seems to have meant literally ‘poison head’, from Old English ātōrpoison’ and coppehead, top’ (a possible relative of English cob). It was revived by J R R Tolkien in The Hobbit 1937.

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