jumping spider


: any of a family (Salticidae) of small spiders that stalk and leap upon their prey

Examples of jumping spider in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sadly, there are no dedicated citizen science projects for your pet iguana, hamster or jumping spider yet, but stay tuned! Bob Hirshon, Discover Magazine, 4 Apr. 2024 But that isn’t to say that all jumping spiders are the same in terms of their appearance. Sam Walters, Discover Magazine, 3 Jan. 2024 For all their spider smarts and adaptability, jumping spiders aren't long-lived. Sam Walters, Discover Magazine, 3 Jan. 2024 Though all jumping spiders spin silk, almost all jumping spider species forgo weaving webs to trap and incapacitate their food. Sam Walters, Discover Magazine, 3 Jan. 2024 But Ars reached out to two spider experts who both said the spider is, without a doubt, in the family of jumping spiders (Salticidae). Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 25 Oct. 2023 Young jumping spiders dangle by a thread through the night, in a box, in a lab. Carolyn Wilke, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Sep. 2023 The model can already accurately sort beluga whale calls, and Earth Species plans to apply it to species as disparate as orangutans (who bellow), elephants (who send seismic rumbles through the ground), and jumping spiders (who vibrate their legs). Camille Bromley, WIRED, 29 Aug. 2023 His collection includes monkeys, pigeon chicks, jumping spiders, and fetal sheep. Amanda Gefter, The New Yorker, 31 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1736, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jumping spider was in 1736

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“Jumping spider.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jumping%20spider. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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