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Topic: INSECTS

Date: 1300-1400
Origin: cop 'spider' (14-15 centuries) (from Old English atorcoppe 'spider') + web

cobweb

noun
     
cob‧web [countable]
1HBI a net of sticky threads made by a spider to catch insects, that is inside a building and has not been removed
2

blow/clear the cobwebs away

to do something, especially go outside, in order to help yourself to think more clearly and feel better:
A brisk walk will soon blow the cobwebs away.
cobwebbed adjective
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