Why do they call them cobwebs?
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A lot of people think that the term “cobweb” is just a fancier way of saying “spider web.” But there’s actually a very good reason why these two terms are not interchangeable. In this blog post, we’re going to explore the difference between spider webs and cobwebs, and why the latter is such an important part of our homes.
Most of us have seen cobwebs in our homes and buildings and have probably wondered why they are called cobwebs. The word cobweb is actually derived from the Old English word for spider, which is attested in the early 13th century. The word likely comes from the Proto-Germanic *kobuz (spider), which is related to the Dutch word kobbes (spider web).
We often see cobwebs in old, dusty corners of our homes and assume that they are made by spiders. However, the term “cobweb” is actually a bit of a misnomer. These webs are actually made by a type of dust mite called the Dermatophagoides farinae.