goliath bird spider

variants: or goliath bird-eating spider or goliath birdeater
plural goliath bird spiders or goliath bird-eating spiders or goliath birdeaters

Definition of goliath bird spider

: a very large, reddish-brown to black tarantula (Theraphosa blondi) of northern South America that may reach a weight of 6 ounces (170 grams) and have a leg span of up to 12 inches (30.5 centimeters) The largest tarantula (the goliath bird spider) can cover a dinner plate!— Deborah Churchman The goliath bird-eating spider, which is as large as a human hand …— Louise Gray

First Known Use of goliath bird spider

1987, in the meaning defined above

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“Goliath bird spider.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goliath%20bird%20spider. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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