noun Etymology: Middle English coppeweb, from coppe spider (from Old English ātorcoppe) + web; akin to Middle Dutch coppe spider Date: 14th century 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
cobwebbed adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.