baboon spider

noun

Definition of baboon spider

: tarantula sense 1 used especially of African tarantulas It's been said that during his very early childhood in South Africa, he [J. R. R. Tolkien] was bitten by a baboon spider—an event thought to have inspired his stories.Western Daily Press (Bristol, England)

First Known Use of baboon spider

1881, in the meaning defined above

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“Baboon spider.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/baboon%20spider. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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