huntsman spider

noun

Definition of huntsman spider

  1. 1 :  any of a family (Sparassidae synonym Heteropodidae) of large spiders found mainly in tropical regions and having eight eyes in two rows of four and legs extended sideways resembling those of a crab The primary food for this wasp are the huntsman spiders, large hunting spiders in the family Sparassidae, which are quite common in Australia. Huntsman spiders do not build webs, and they are generally thought of as nocturnal hunters. — Daniel Marlos, The Curious World of Bugs, 2010 —called also giant crab spider

  2. 2 :  a large brown spider (Heteropoda venatoria of the family Sparassidae) with a flattened body and long legs that has been introduced into warmer parts of the U.S. The leg span of a mature huntsman spider has always reminded me of a toddler's splayed hand. Its brownish-gray body is about 2 inches long but is closer to 5 inches wide if the spread of its eight legs are included. — Sherry Boas, Orlando Sentinel, 26 Nov. 2012 —called also banana spider

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1936

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1936


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