Etymology: Middle English coppeweb, from coppe spider (from Old English ātorcoppe) + web; akin to Middle Dutch coppe spider
Date: 14th century
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> • cobwebbed adjective
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.