banana spider

noun

Definition of banana spider

1 : huntsman spider 2
  • … the spider—also known as a banana spider because it is sometimes found in boxes of bananas, or a giant crab spider—may strike fear into the hearts of some people, but is harmless to humans.
  • —Angela Taylor and Mark DreverAberdeen (Scotland) Press and Journal21 Mar. 2003
2 : tarantula 2
  • Tarantulas once were called banana spiders because they were often found in shipments of fruit.
  • —Sally BankCalgary Herald30 Dec. 1995
3 : golden silk spider
  • Golden silk spiders are named for their golden web, but are also called banana spiders because their body is long, thin and the top side is yellow.
  • —Lee Belanger, News-Press (Fort Myers, Florida)25 Mar. 2006
4 : brazilian wandering spider
  • Brazilian wandering spiders have been given the nickname the banana spider as they are occasionally discovered as stowaways within banana shipments.
  • —Matt GoerzenWinnipeg Free Press8 May 2009

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First Known Use of banana spider

1897

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