orb weaver

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]

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spider
      any spider of the family Araneidae (Argiopidae or Epeiridae) of the order Araneida, a large and widely distributed group noted for their orb-shaped webs. More than 2,500 species are known.

      Notable among them are the silk spiders (silk spider) (subfamily Nephilinae), so called because of the great strength of their silk, which is sometimes used in the manufacture of textiles. The garden spiders (garden spider) (subfamily Argiopinae), common in grassy areas, are brightly coloured—yellow and black or red and black.

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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 — /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 — 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

  • 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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