ara·​ne·​id | \ ə-ˈrā-nē-əd, ˌa-rə-ˈnē-, -ˌid \
plural araneids

Definition of araneid

: a spider of the family Araneidae : orb weaver Many of them were orb weavers of the family Araneidae. Whatever was fatal for the birds seemed to be highly beneficial for the araneids.— David Quammen, The Song of the Dodo, 1996 broadly : spider sense 1

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Other Words from araneid

araneid adjective
araneid spiders an araneid web
araneidal \ ¦a-​rə-​¦nē-​ə-​dᵊl \ adjective
araneidan \ ¦a-​rə-​¦nē-​ə-​dᵊn \ adjective or noun

First Known Use of araneid

1831, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for araneid

New Latin Araneida

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“Araneid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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