Argyoneta aquatica
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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  • diving 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dolomedes lanceolatus — 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • raft 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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… …   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

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