plural noun
Ar·​a·​ne·​i·​dae | \ ¦a-rə-¦nē-ə-ˌdē How to pronounce Araneidae (audio) \

Definition of Araneidae

: a family of spiders (order Araneae synonym Araneida) comprising the orb weavers Spiders of the family Araneidae build the familiar orb webs that are composed of a long thread of sticky silk laid in a spiral pattern on a frame of nonsticky threads.— Robert E. Ricklefs and Gary L. Miller, Ecology, 2000

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First Known Use of Araneidae

1824, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Araneidae

borrowed from New Latin, from Araneus araneus + -idae -idae

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“Araneidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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