brown recluse spider

noun

: 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 Brown recluse Northern black widow Wolf spider Fishing spider Jumping spider Wolf spider Wolf spiders are usually confused with tarantulas and brown recluse spiders. Jenna Prestininzi, Detroit Free Press, 14 June 2024 It is commonly thought that hobo and brown recluse spiders cause necrotic bites in this state, when in fact the brown recluse is not found in Oregon and the hobo spider does not cause necrotic bites. oregonlive, 18 July 2023 Chilean Recluse Spider The Chilean recluse spider is one of the most venomous spiders on the planet and is closely related to the brown recluse spider. Tim MacWelch, Outdoor Life, 3 May 2023 Deaths from brown recluse spiders have been reported only in children younger than seven years. Tim MacWelch, Outdoor Life, 3 May 2023 Things are no less calm inside Beau’s apartment, where a sign on the door informs tenants of an infestation of brown recluse spiders. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Apr. 2023 Sean has always found solace in the mountains but even more so after his older brother died suddenly from a brown recluse spider bite when Sean was 16. Kate Siber, Outside Online, 9 Nov. 2022 As for the infamous brown recluse spider, its range is in the south-central United States, nowhere near here. Erin Middlewood | The Columbian, oregonlive, 30 Oct. 2022 Venomous spider bites tend to look a bit more concerning, though; for example, a brown recluse spider bite can turn purple-ish, which means the skin tissue is dying. Kirsten Nunez, SELF, 23 Sep. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1962, in the meaning defined above

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“Brown recluse spider.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brown%20recluse%20spider. Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

brown recluse spider

noun
: a poisonous spider especially of the southern and central U.S. that has a dark violin-shaped mark on the front half of its back

Medical Definition

brown recluse spider

noun
: 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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