noun (archaic or dialect)
an ill-natured person
The ettercap is the poison-spider, and should be spelt “attercop.”
Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1 The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.
“spider,” Old English attorcoppe, literally “poison-head,” from ator “poison, venom,” from Proto-Germanic *aitra- “poisonous ulcer” (cf. Old Norse eitr, Old High German eitar “poison;” German eiter “pus,” Old High German eiz “abscess, boil;” Old English atorcræft “art of poisoning”) + copp “top, summit, round head,” probably also “spider” (cf. cobweb and Dutch spinne-cop “spider”).
Amptes & attircoppes & suche oþer þat ben euere bisy ben maide to schewe man ensaumple of stodye & labour. [Elucidarium of Honorius of Autun (Wycliffite version) c.1400]
Lucius, . Historical Examples To this festival there came, at the bidding of Attius, a great company of the Volscians. Stories From Livy Alfred Church How Attius would receive him he knew not; but he was homeless, and had now only his enemies to trust. Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15) Charles Morris To these […]
a city in SE Massachusetts. Historical Examples He was born in Attleboro, Mass., on the last day of the year, 1764. Harper’s Magazine, Vol III, June 1851 Various The profits arising from its sale, if any, will go partly to Attleboro Church, and partly to a favorite object of my own. George Eliot’s Life, Vol. […]
. abbreviation attention attention
a combining form that enters into compounds denoting a unit one-quintillionth (10 −18) the size of the unit named by the stem. prefix denoting 10–18: attotesla, a word-forming element meaning “one quintillionth,” 1962, from Danish atten “eighteen” (a quintillion is 10 to the 18th power), related to Old English eahtatene (see eighteen). atto- pref. One […]