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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Louis Sorkin, an arachnologist from the American Museum of Natural History, inspected. Adam Iscoe, The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2022 Chomphuphuang then embarked on a field trip, with Sippawat and fellow arachnologist Chaowalit Songsangchote, to confirm that the tarantula was previously undiscovered. NBC News, 21 Jan. 2022 Sippawat subsequently emailed an image of the spider to Chomphuphuang, an arachnologist, which is a scientist who studies spiders. Katie Hunt, CNN, 19 Jan. 2022 In both cases, the person who helped identify the critters was Brazilian arachnologist Gustavo de Miranda. Eric Boodman, Wired, 29 May 2021 Someone spotted a log, not so far from a few buildings, and flipped it over, because sometimes being an arachnologist is just flipping over log after log. Eric Boodman, Wired, 29 May 2021 First up is arachnologist Lauren Esposito, who introduced us to her all-star arachnids and insects. Matt Simon, Wired, 25 May 2020 And then there are arachnologists who speculate that scorpion fluorescence serves no function at all. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 29 Apr. 2020 But Lisa Taylor, an arachnologist at the University of Florida in Gainesville, says the comb spider evidence provides striking insight into the future of biodiversity as climate change worsens and tropical storms become more frequent. Kelly Mayes, Science | AAAS, 19 Aug. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1816, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of arachnologist was in 1816

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“Arachnologist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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