They sought out cost adders with an eye toward eliminating them.
Origin of adder
- Middle English from an addre alteration of a naddre a snake from Old English nǣdre snake
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English addere, misdivision of naddere, from Old English nǣdre, nǣddre (“snake, serpent, viper, adder”), from Proto-Germanic *nēdrǭ, *nadrǭ (“snake, viper”) (compare West Frisian njirre, Dutch adder, German Natter, Otter), from pre-Germanic *néh₁treh₂, variant of Proto-Indo-European *nh₁trih₂ (compare Welsh neidr, Latin natrīx ‘watersnake’), from *sneh₁- (“to spin, twist”) (compare Dutch naaien). More at needle.