arach·​nol·​o·​gist ˌa-ˌrak-ˈnä-lə-jist How to pronounce arachnologist (audio)
: a person who specializes in the study of spiders and other arachnids
arachnological adjective
arachnology noun

Examples of arachnologist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their strategy is so sophisticated that some arachnologists assert the spiders show signs of planning and problem solving. Sam Walters, Discover Magazine, 3 Jan. 2024 The arachnologist David Wise, for instance, surveyed folk tales from North America to Africa that cast spiders in a positive light, leading him to conclude that not all societies are arachnophobic. Smithsonian Magazine, 26 July 2023 One of them, Catherine Scott, an arachnologist, conducted this research while working on her doctorate at the University of Toronto, Scarborough. Lesley Evans Ogden, New York Times, 11 Mar. 2023 Her colleague Sean McCann, also an arachnologist who was then at Scarborough, first suspected the spiders’ clandestine habits. Lesley Evans Ogden, New York Times, 11 Mar. 2023 Catherine Scott, an arachnologist at McGill University, is familiar with the bad rap spiders get. Oliver Whang, New York Times, 25 Aug. 2022 Coverage of spiders differed widely by country, so that spider news in Mexico was deemed almost entirely sensational while spider news in Finland was wholly arachnologist-approved. Oliver Whang, New York Times, 25 Aug. 2022 Though web strands may be very different, the building behaviors are remarkably similar, says Jason Bond, an arachnologist at the University of California, Davis. Lindzi Wessel, Discover Magazine, 6 Nov. 2018 Louis Sorkin, an arachnologist from the American Museum of Natural History, inspected. Adam Iscoe, The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1816, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of arachnologist was in 1816

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“Arachnologist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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