Araneidae

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plural noun Ar·a·ne·i·dae \ ¦a-rə-¦nē-ə-ˌdē \

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. MillerEcology2000

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Origin and Etymology of araneidae

borrowed from New Latin, from Araneusaraneus + -idae-idae


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