Argiope

noun

Ar·​gi·​o·​pe
ärˈjīə(ˌ)pē
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
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

Word History

Etymology

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

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“Argiope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Argiope. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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