Argiope

noun Ar·gi·o·pe \ ärˈjīə(ˌ)pē \

Definition of Argiope

1 : a genus (family Araneidae, the orb weavers) of large spiders that produce wheel-shaped webs, often have brightly-colored markings on the abdomen, and include the common black and yellow garden spider (A. aurantia)
  • All Argiope species have two fundamentally different attack patterns.
  • —Michael H. RobinsonSmithsonianOctober 1987
2 plural argiopes argiope : a spider of the genus Argiope
  • It's especially rewarding to visit the [goldenrod] patches early on dew-drenched mornings for the elaborate webs of the orb-weavers, particularly the big black-and-yellow argiopes, sometimes called garden spiders.
  • —Ken WeberProvidence Journal17 Sept. 2005

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Origin and Etymology of argiope

New Latin, from Greek Argiopē, nymph who was mother of the mythical bard Thamyris


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