āttor-sceaða, m.n: a poisonous destroyer, a venomous dragon, serpent. (ah-tohr-sheh-ath-ah”)
An asp refuses to listen to a snake charmer’s incantations, pressing one ear against the ground and stopping up the other with the tip of its tail. Bestiary. England, 2nd quarter of the 13th century. British Library, Harley MS 4751, fol. 61r.