crab spider


Definition of crab spider

: any of a family (Thomisidae) of spiders that resemble crabs in shape and in being able to walk forward, backward, and sideways — see also giant crab spider

Examples of crab spider in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The results of his experiment, published recently in PLOS Biology, reveal that crab spiders do not just hurl themselves randomly into the air, but are instead careful, deliberate fliers. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Before Soaring Through the Air, Tiny Crab Spiders Study the Wind," 18 June 2018 The specimens that Cho used in his experiment only measured between 0.12 and 0.24 inches long, but crab spiders are actually larger than most ballooning arachnids, making them good candidates for study. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Before Soaring Through the Air, Tiny Crab Spiders Study the Wind," 18 June 2018 The flights of spiders are well known, but not their physics, so Mr. Cho tested crab spiders both in nature and in a wind tunnel, and discovered, among other things, what holds the spiders up in the air. James Gorman, New York Times, "How Spiders Fly," 26 June 2018 Researcher Moonsung Cho studied one of these species, the crab spider. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Amazing Footage Reveals How Spiders Fly," 15 June 2018

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1855, in the meaning defined above

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“Crab spider.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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