wolf spider
noun Date: 1608 any of various active wandering ground spiders (family Lycosidae)

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  • Wolf spider — Wolf Wolf, n.; pl. {Wolves}. [OE. wolf, wulf, AS. wulf; akin to OS. wulf, D. & G. wolf, Icel. [=u]lfr, Sw. ulf, Dan. ulv, Goth. wulfs, Lith. vilkas, Russ. volk , L. lupus, Gr. ly kos, Skr. v[.r]ka; also to Gr. e lkein to draw, drag, tear in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wolf spider — n. any of a family (Lycosidae) of active hunting spiders that are wanderers, living in the ground and not building webs …   English World dictionary

  • Wolf spider — Taxobox image width = 250px image caption = Wolf Spider: Hogna helluo regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda classis = Arachnida ordo = Araneae superfamilia = Lycosoidea familia = Lycosidae familia authority = Sundevall, 1833 diversity link = List …   Wikipedia

  • wolf spider — noun ground spider that hunts its prey instead of using a web • Syn: ↑hunting spider • Hypernyms: ↑spider • Hyponyms: ↑European wolf spider, ↑tarantula, ↑Lycosa tarentula …   Useful english dictionary

  • wolf spider — wolf′ spi der n. ivt any of numerous spiders of the family Lycosidae, living in crevices on the ground and hunting prey directly rather than capturing them in a web • Etymology: 1600–10 …   From formal English to slang

  • wolf spider — any of numerous ground spiders of the family Lycosidae, including the southern European tarantula, Lycosa taretula, that hunt their prey instead of using a web. [1600 10] * * * Name that originally referred to a species of southern European… …   Universalium

  • wolf spider — /ˈwʊlf spaɪdə/ (say woolf spuyduh) noun 1. the most common ground tunnelling Australian spider, Lycosa godeffroyi, often mistaken for a funnel web spider but harmless to humans. 2. any spider of the family Lycosidae, members of which do not spin… …   Australian English dictionary

  • wolf spider — any spider of the family Lycosidae …   Medical dictionary

  • wolf spider — noun a fast moving ground spider which runs after and springs on its prey. [Family Lycosidae.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • wolf spider — noun Any of several spiders, of the family Lycosidae, that are known for stalking their prey on the ground and not building webs …   Wiktionary

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