Definition of arachnid
: any of a class (Arachnida) of arthropods comprising chiefly terrestrial invertebrates, including the spiders, scorpions, mites, and ticks, and having a segmented body divided into two regions of which the anterior bears four pairs of legs but no antennae
Examples of arachnid in a Sentence
Spiders, scorpions, mites, and ticks are arachnids.
Recent Examples of arachnid from the Web
That means a half-black, half-Latino kid is hanging around in Queens somewhere, just waiting to earn his own arachnid powers.
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CBS Detroit reports mother-of-two Jillian Duke found the enormous arachnid lurking in her toddler's bedroom Wednesday morning.
Pet blogs for Huntsman spider owners recommend keeping the arachnids in terrariums with cork bark and rocks and providing them with enough vertical space on which to climb.
The design is explicitly meant to recall a fountain, but numerous observers on social media have likened it to a spider — and some wags have altered renderings to insert a Godzilla battling the arachnid.
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The oak leaf itch mite has plagued the Kansas City area in recent years, leaving itchy red marks on the people unlucky enough to come in contact with the microscopic arachnid.
Curious about the threat of venomous arachnids like the one that bit Linsey?
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The term arachnid refers to a class of animals that includes spiders, scorpions, mites, and ticks. Most arachnids have a segmented body divided into two regions, with the front part bearing four pairs of legs, but no antennae. They have a hard external skeleton and range in size from the mite, which is 0.003-in (0.08-mm) long, to the 8-in (21-cm) black scorpion of Africa. As arachnids grow, they molt, or shed their skin, several times. Arachnids are primarily carnivorous, but most are unable to digest food internally, instead they inject their prey with digestive fluids, then suck the liquefied remains. Arachnids are found worldwide in nearly every habitat. Some mites and ticks are parasitic and can carry diseases. Venomous spiders and scorpions also may pose a danger to humans, but most arachnids are harmless and prey only on insects.
First Known Use of arachnid
ARACHNID Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of arachnid for English Language Learners
: a kind of animal that has eight legs and a body formed of two parts
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