banana spider


: huntsman spider sense 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 Drever, Aberdeen (Scotland) Press and Journal, 21 Mar. 2003
: tarantula sense 2
Tarantulas once were called banana spiders because they were often found in shipments of fruit.Sally Bank, Calgary Herald, 30 Dec. 1995
: 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
: 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 Goerzen, Winnipeg Free Press, 8 May 2009

Word History

First Known Use

1897, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of banana spider was in 1897

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“Banana spider.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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