arach·​nol·​o·​gist | \ ˌa-ˌrak-ˈnä-lə-jist How to pronounce arachnologist (audio) , ˌer-ˌak-\

Definition of arachnologist

: a person who specializes in the study of spiders and other arachnids

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Other Words from arachnologist

arachnological \ -​nə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce arachnological (audio) \ adjective
arachnology \ -​ˈnä-​lə-​jē How to pronounce arachnology (audio) \ noun

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In 1974, Australian arachnologist Barbara York Main included Number 16 in a study of how trapdoor spiders live in native bushland to learn about their sedentary nature and low metabolisms. Leanda Mason, National Geographic, "World’s Oldest Known Spider Dies at 43, With Lesson for Us," 30 Apr. 2018 Matt Persons, an arachnologist at Susquehanna University who has studied mating strategies in wolf spiders, found the results fascinating. National Geographic, "How Older Widow Spiders Seduce Younger Males—And Eat Them," 19 Mar. 2018 For veteran arachnologist and Smithsonian researcher Hannah Wood, though, the natural wonderland of Madagascar has become a sort of home away from home. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "Madagascar’s Ancient ‘Pelican Spiders’ Are As Striking As They Are Strange," 11 Jan. 2018 These kinds of boom and bust cycles are pretty common in nature, says Louis Sorkin, an arachnologist with the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Genevieve Vallee, National Geographic, "Warm Weather Sparks Spider Boom in Australia," 8 Mar. 2016 Until recently, arachnologists trying to unravel how spiders' vast range of adaptations arose built family trees based on morphology and behavior. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Spider genes put a new spin on arachnids’ potent venoms, stunning silks, and surprising history," 19 Oct. 2017 As for why opillonids (also called harvestmen) gather in such a tight mass, Brazilian arachnologist Ricardo Pinto-da-Rocha can explain. Fox News, "Fluff ball? Clump of spiders? Viral video shows something else," 3 Jan. 2014 Growing larger causes spiders to molt, a process called ecdysis, Jo-Anne Sewlal, an arachnologist at the University of the West Indies, says via email. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "Watch This Huge Tarantula Wriggle Out of Its Skin," 22 Apr. 2017 Max Kuntner, an arachnologist at the Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Science and Arts, and colleagues discovered the creature on a nighttime walk through a rain forest in southern China. Douglas Main, Newsweek, "The Top New Species of 2016," 29 Dec. 2016

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1816, in the meaning defined above

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