noun Ar·gi·o·pe \ärˈjīə(ˌ)pē\

Definition of Argiope

  1. 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. Robinson, Smithsonian, October 1987

  2. 2 argiope plural argiopes :  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 Weber, Providence Journal, 17 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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capable of being understood in two ways

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