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English translation (etymon)
And the verb anarrikhāsthai "to scramble up" in Attic comes from arakhnion "small spider", hence *arakhniō, and with metathesis of the letters *anarrikhō, the n taking the place of the t, and the i and the r, in return, taking the place of the n, and the kh next to the ō. This is what Herodian says in the 16th book of the Peri tês katholikês prosôdias (Herodian III/1, 438).
Fanciful etymology using ad hoc permutations. The symmetrical explanation stating that arakhnē "spider" is derived from anarrikhāsthai is also found (Etym. Gudianum, alpha 184).