Trapdoor spider
Trapdoor Trap"door`, n. 1. (Arch.) A lifting or sliding door covering an opening in a roof or floor. [1913 Webster]

2. (Mining) A door in a level for regulating the ventilating current; -- called also {weather door}. --Raymond. [1913 Webster]

{Trapdoor spider} (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of large spiders which make a nest consisting of a vertical hole in the earth, lined with a hinged lid, like a trapdoor. Most of the species belong to the genus {Cteniza}, as the California species ({Cteniza Californica}). [1913 Webster]


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  • trapdoor spider — n. any of various, often large, spiders (esp. family Ctenizidae) that dig a burrow and cover the entrance with a hinged lid like a trapdoor * * * …   Universalium

  • trapdoor spider — n. any of various, often large, spiders (esp. family Ctenizidae) that dig a burrow and cover the entrance with a hinged lid like a trapdoor …   English World dictionary

  • trapdoor spider — noun One that makes a lair in the ground and covers it with a hinged door composed of earth and silk • • • Main Entry: ↑trap …   Useful english dictionary

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  • trapdoor spider — /træpdɔ ˈspaɪdə/ (say trapdaw spuyduh) noun any of various burrowing spiders of the family Ctenizidae that construct silk lined tunnels in the ground, sometimes fitted with a lid, as the brown trapdoor spider, Dyarcyops fuscipes, of eastern… …   Australian English dictionary

  • trapdoor spider — noun a spider which lives in a burrow with a hinged cover like a trapdoor. [Family Ctenizidae.] ↘Austral. a funnel web spider …   English new terms dictionary

  • trapdoor spider — noun any spider, of the family Ctenizidae, that constructs a silk lined burrow with a hinged lid …   Wiktionary

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