plural noun

in some classifications
: a large suborder of Araneae containing spiders that have nonsegmented abdomens and the first pair of spinnerets unbranched compare liphistiomorphae

Word History


New Latin, from opisth- + -thelae (from Greek -thēlai, from thēlē nipple)

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“Opistho-thelae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Opistho-thelae. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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