brown recluse spider

noun

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

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From a black widow found in store bought broccoli to a Tennessee woman who claims her apartment is infested with dozens of brown recluse spiders, these eight-legged creatures can be found just about anywhere. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Brown recluse, black widow and other dangerous spiders found in the US," 10 July 2018 Bites from brown recluse spiders can cause severe, skin-destroying lesions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "Woman Bit by Spider Must Pay to Leave Infested Apartment — As Couple Worries About New Renters," 11 July 2018 The brown recluse spider is usually found in warm southern states. Wzzm, Detroit Free Press, "Muskegon woman hospitalized after brown recluse spider bite," 21 June 2018 Bites from brown recluse spiders can cause severe, skin-destroying lesions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "Woman Bit by Venomous Spider Discovers Dozens More in Her Apartment: 'We Kept Finding Handfuls'," 9 July 2018 More: Michigan woman may have served ex-lover's remains at U.P. barbecue A brown recluse spider can grow to about the size of a quarter but even smaller ones have a bite that can be devastating even deadly. Wzzm, Detroit Free Press, "Muskegon woman hospitalized after brown recluse spider bite," 21 June 2018 Cold winter temperatures are thought to be a limiting factor in brown recluse spider populations. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "A Brown Recluse Spider Was Just Found Living In Michigan," 27 Apr. 2017 Wolf spider Wolf spiders are usually confused with tarantulas and brown recluse spiders. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "5 of Michigan's scariest-looking spiders: What to know," 25 June 2018 Indiana has native animals and other species that are dangerous, such as rattlesnakes, coyotes, and brown recluse spiders. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Here's what that giant, viral Indiana spider actually is," 7 June 2018

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brown recluse spider

noun

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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