Water spider
Water spider Wa"ter spi"der (Zo["o]l.) (a) An aquatic European spider ({Argyoneta aquatica}) which constructs its web beneath the surface of the water on water plants. It lives in a bell-shaped structure of silk, open beneath like a diving bell, and filled with air which the spider carries down in the form of small bubbles attached one at a time to the spinnerets and hind feet. Called also {diving spider}. (b) A water mite. (c) Any spider that habitually lives on or about the water, especially the large American species ({Dolomedes lanceolatus}) which runs rapidly on the surface of water; -- called also {raft spider}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • water spider — Water mite Wa ter mite (Zo[ o]l.) Any of numerous species of aquatic mites belonging to {Hydrachna} and allied genera of the family {Hydrachnid[ae]}, usually having the legs fringed and adapted for swimming. They are often red or red and black in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • water spider — noun 1. a. or water spinner : an aquatic European spider (Argyoneta aquatica) that constructs beneath the surface of the water a bell shaped structure of silk which is open beneath and filled with air carried down by the spider in the form of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • water spider — /ˈwɔtə spaɪdə/ (say wawtuh spuyduh) noun an aquatic spider, Argyroneta aquatica, of Europe and northern Asia which lives under water in an air bubble trapped by a web …   Australian English dictionary

  • water spider — noun diving bell spider …   Wiktionary

  • water-spider — n. Water tick …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • water-spider — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Japanese water spider — Taxobox image caption = Picture from Brehms Tierleben by Brehm, 1884 regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropodia classis =Arachnida ordo = Araneae familia = Argyronetidae familia authority = Thorell, 1870 genus = Argyroneta species = A. aquatic… …   Wikipedia

  • Water mite — Wa ter mite (Zo[ o]l.) Any of numerous species of aquatic mites belonging to {Hydrachna} and allied genera of the family {Hydrachnid[ae]}, usually having the legs fringed and adapted for swimming. They are often red or red and black in color, and …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • water tick — Water mite Wa ter mite (Zo[ o]l.) Any of numerous species of aquatic mites belonging to {Hydrachna} and allied genera of the family {Hydrachnid[ae]}, usually having the legs fringed and adapted for swimming. They are often red or red and black in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Water spinner — Wa ter spin ner (Zo[ o]l.) The water spider. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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