brown recluse spider


Definition of brown recluse spider

: a venomous spider (Loxosceles reclusa) especially of the southern and central U.S. that has a violin-shaped mark on the cephalothorax and produces a dangerous cytotoxin which can cause necrotic lesions

Examples of brown recluse spider in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Mediterranean recluse spider is a cousin to the brown recluse spider, but is even more reclusive. Rebekah Riess And Leah Asmelash, CNN, 23 Feb. 2021 Several years ago Gotwald and his firm represented the homeowners ina lawsuit that involved an infestation of brown recluse spiders in an Anderson, Indiana, home. Alexandria Burris, The Indianapolis Star, 28 May 2020 But a Kansas City woman was horrified to learn that, in her case, that waterlogged feeling was actually caused by a venomous brown recluse spider lodged in her ear canal. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 24 Aug. 2019 True to its name, the brown recluse spiders hides out in dark corners of logs and rocks. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 23 Aug. 2019 Bites from brown recluse spiders can cause muscle pain, nausea, difficulty breathing and other symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention., 23 Aug. 2019 Brown recluse Similar to the black widow, brown recluse spiders also have a distinct marking. Madeline Farber, Fox News, 10 July 2018 Indiana has native animals and other species that are dangerous, such as rattlesnakes, coyotes, and brown recluse spiders. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, 7 June 2018 Uecker particularly loves to make fun of himself on the air, and a recent run-in with a brown recluse spider — one of the most venomous house spiders in the U.S. — has provided with some fodder this spring. Chuck Schilken,, 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of brown recluse spider

1962, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of brown recluse spider was in 1962

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Medical Definition of brown recluse spider

: a venomous spider of the genus Loxosceles (L. reclusa) especially of the southern and central United States that produces a dangerous cytotoxin which can cause necrotic lesions

called also brown recluse


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