Neph·​i·​la | \ ˈnefələ \

Definition of Nephila

: a genus (family Nephilidae) of large, elongate, brightly marked, mainly tropical spiders including the golden silk spider (N. clavipes)

Note: The genus Nephila was formerly classified in the family Araneidae, comprising the orb weavers, but is now usually classified in a separate family (Nephilidae).

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History and Etymology for Nephila

New Latin, from Greek nēn to spin + New Latin -phila

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“Nephila.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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