crab spider

noun

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

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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'crab spider.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of crab spider

1861, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about crab spider

Share crab spider

Statistics for crab spider

Last Updated

29 Aug 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for crab spider

The first known use of crab spider was in 1861

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on crab spider

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about crab spider

Comments on crab spider

What made you want to look up crab spider? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

an open space surrounded by woods

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Food Quiz

True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!