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Anonymous asked in Home & GardenOther - Home & Garden · 1 decade ago

why are spider webs also called cowwebs?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I think you mean "cobweb" -

    "The Middle English name for a spider web, derived from the word "coppe" meaning spider. Current usage often denotes an old spider web with no currently residing spider"

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Etymology: Middle English coppeweb, from coppe spider (from Old English Atorcoppe) + web; akin to Middle Dutch coppe spider

    1 a : the network spread by a spider : SPIDERWEB b : tangles of the silken threads of a spiderweb usually covered with accumulated dirt and dust

    2 : something that entangles, obscures, or confuses <a cobweb of law and politics>

    - cob·webbed /-"webd/ adjective

  • 1 decade ago

    It's cobweb, not cowweb.

    Here's the origin.

    [Middle English coppeweb : coppe, spider (short for attercoppe, from Old English āttercoppe : ātor, poison + copp, head) + web, web; see web.]

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  • 4 years ago

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    The middle english word for a spider was "coppe". Cobweb derives from middle english "coppeweb" = spider's web.

  • stchur
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    4 years ago

    Cobweb Etymology

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    They're called "cobwebs". Spiders ("cobs") make cobwebs.

    The word "cob" comes from an old English word for "spider".

    Etymology: Middle English coppeweb, from coppe spider (from Old English Atorcoppe) + web; akin to Middle Dutch coppe spider

    I've seen the word "cob" used for spider in old literature, but it's a dead word now.

    Online Etymology Dictionary - cobweb

    1323, first element is O.E. -coppe in atorcoppe "spider," lit. "poison-head" (see attercop). Cob for "a spider" was an old word nearly dead even in dialects when J.R.R. Tolkien used it in "The Hobbit" (1937).

    Source(s): http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/cobweb "cobweb." Online Etymology Dictionary. Douglas Harper, Historian. 30 Mar. 2007. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/cobweb
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    u mean cobwebs... because most spiders like to make webs by the cobblers of castles

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    cobwebs are vacant spider webs. 'cob' derives from the word 'coppe' which means spider.

  • 1 decade ago

    i had to look that up, but it comes from the middle english term "coppe" which meant spider.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cobwebs

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