black widow

noun
|Updated on: 14 Jul 2018

Definition of black widow

: a venomous New World spider (Latrodectus mactans of the family Theridiidae) the female of which is black with an hourglass-shaped red mark on the underside of the abdomen; broadly : any of various related venomous spiders that have a large globular, usually glossy, dark abdomen often marked with red and long and wiry legs

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1830

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Definition of black widow for English Language Learners

  • : a poisonous American spider


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black widow

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Definition of black widow for Students

: a poisonous spider the female of which is black with a red mark shaped like an hourglass on the underside of the abdomen

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black widow

noun black wid·ow \ -ˈwid-ˌō \

medical Definition of black widow

: a venomous New World spider of the genus Latrodectus (L. mactans) the female of which is black with an hourglass-shaped red mark on the underside of the abdomen; broadly : any other spider of the genus Latrodectus

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