plural noun Oxy·op·i·dae \ˌäksēˈäpəˌdē\

Definition of Oxyopidae

  1. :  a family of diurnal hunting spiders that have eight eyes and long legs and do not use webs to trap their prey

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Origin and Etymology of oxyopidae

New Latin, from Oxyopes, type genus (from Greek oxyōpēs sharp-eyed, from oxy- 1oxy- + -ōpēs -eyed—from ōps eye—) + -idae — more at eye

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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