crab spider
noun Date: 1861 any of a family (Thomisidae) of spiders that resemble crabs in shape and in being able to walk forward, backward, and sideways

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  • Crab spider — Crab Crab (kr[a^]b), n. [AS. crabba; akin to D. krab, G. krabbe, krebs, Icel. krabbi, Sw. krabba, Dan. krabbe, and perh. to E. cramp. Cf. {Crawfish}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) One of the brachyuran Crustacea. They are mostly marine, and usually have a broad …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • crab spider — n. any of a family (Thomisidae) of spiders that move sideways like crabs …   English World dictionary

  • Crab spider — Not to be confused with spider crab. Crab spiders Ozyptila praticola Scientific classification Kingdom …   Wikipedia

  • crab spider — any crab shaped spider of the family Thomisidae, characterized by its sideways manner of moving. [1860 65] * * * ▪ spider  family of spiders (order Araneida) that are crablike in shape and, like many crabs, often walk sideways or backward. The… …   Universalium

  • crab spider — noun a spider with long front legs that moves with a crablike sideways motion. [Family Thomisidae: many species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • crab spider — /ˈkræb spaɪdə/ (say krab spuyduh) noun a well camouflaged spider, Synalus angustus, found on the bark of trees, which does not build a web but catches insects with its spined legs …   Australian English dictionary

  • crab spider — noun Any species of the family Thomisidae, spiders that hunt in flowers …   Wiktionary

  • crab spider — noun : any of the numerous spiders that make up the family Thomisidae and resemble crabs in attitude and in ability to run sideways …   Useful english dictionary

  • Flower crab spider — Misumena vatia female Scientific classification Kingdom …   Wikipedia

  • Wall crab spider — Taxobox name = Wall crab spiders image width = 250px image caption = Selenops sp. regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda classis = Arachnida ordo = Araneae zoosectio = Entelegynae superfamilia = Selenopioidea familia = Selenopidae familia… …   Wikipedia

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