orb weaver
noun Date: 1889 any of a family (Araneidae) of spiders that have eight similar eyes and typically spin a large elaborate wheel-shaped flat web

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • orb weaver — orb weav er, orb weaver orb weav er, n. Any spider of the family {Araneidae} (called also {Argiopidae}) that spins a web with a pattern of lines spiraling outward from the center. They have eight similar eyes. The golden orb weaver, {Mephila… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • orb-weaver — orb weav er, orb weaver orb weav er, n. Any spider of the family {Araneidae} (called also {Argiopidae}) that spins a web with a pattern of lines spiraling outward from the center. They have eight similar eyes. The golden orb weaver, {Mephila… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • orb weaver — noun Etymology: orb (II) : a spider of the family Argiopidae compare geometric spider * * * any of numerous spiders of the family Argiopidae, characterized by loosely woven, spiraling webs that have support lines radiating outward from the center …   Useful english dictionary

  • orb weaver — any of numerous spiders of the family Argiopidae, characterized by loosely woven, spiraling webs that have support lines radiating outward from the center. [1885 90] * * * ▪ spider       any spider of the family Araneidae (Argiopidae or… …   Universalium

  • orb-weaver — /ˈɔb wivə/ (say awb weevuh) noun any of various spiders of the genus Araneus, which weave an orb shaped web each night, usually at dusk, to catch night flying insects …   Australian English dictionary

  • orb-weaver — noun spiders that spin orb webs; cosmopolitan in distribution • Syn: ↑Argiopidae, ↑family Argiopidae • Hypernyms: ↑arthropod family • Member Holonyms: ↑Araneae, ↑order Araneae, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Orb-weaver spider — Argiope catenulata Scientific classification Kingdom …   Wikipedia

  • Golden silk orb-weaver — Nephila redirects here. For the use in Aramaic culture, see Orion (constellation). For the race mentioned in the Book of Genesis, see Nephilim. Golden silk orb weaver Temporal range: Middle Jurassic Recent, 165–0 Ma …   Wikipedia

  • Australian garden orb weaver spider — Taxobox name = Australian garden orb weaver spider image width = 250px regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda classis = Arachnida ordo = Araneae subordo = Araneomorphae familia = Araneidae genus = Eriophora binomial = Eriophora transmarina… …   Wikipedia

  • Long-jawed orb weaver — Taxobox name = Long jawed orb weaver image width = 250px image caption = Metellina mengei regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda classis = Arachnida ordo = Araneae subordo = Araneomorphae superfamilia = Araneoidea familia = Tetragnathidae familia… …   Wikipedia

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