jumping spider

noun

Definition of jumping spider

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Hyllus diardi jumping spider has apparently learned the art of the selfie, getting up close and personal with a photographer's camera, British news agency SWNS reports. Fox News, "Tiny spider gets big close-up with photographer's camera," 12 June 2020 Most spiders, including black jumping spiders and the large argiopes, aren’t dangerous and eat pest insects, including grasshoppers, moths and caterpillars. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Keep a close eye on your garden for pests and diseases," 6 Apr. 2020 Kangaroos, koalas, Tasmanian devils, dingoes, jumping spiders and wild budgies are featured in the Australia episode, according to NPR. Alicia Kortendick, oregonlive, "‘Seven Worlds, One Planet’ | How to watch, time, TV channel, live stream," 18 Jan. 2020 Adult jumping spiders are littler than a fingernail, but their vision is as clear as a small dog's. Leila Sloman, Scientific American, "Baby Jumping Spiders See Surprisingly Well," 28 Oct. 2019 And yet, Chinese scientists have documented jumping spiders that provide their young with droplets of a nutrient-rich fluid from a furrow on the mother’s body. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Soy milk, almond milk, oat milk. Spider milk?," 30 Nov. 2018 The researchers were studying a species of jumping spider, hoping to learn more about how these spiders cared for their young. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "There Is a Spider That Feeds Its Young Delicious Milk, Because Nature Is Scary," 30 Nov. 2018 Some dermatologists believe jumping spiders are the most common biting spider in the United States. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "5 of Michigan's scariest-looking spiders: What to know," 25 June 2018 Peacock spiders and other jumping spiders use internal hydraulic pumps rather than leg muscles to leap 30 times their body length. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Spider genes put a new spin on arachnids’ potent venoms, stunning silks, and surprising history," 19 Oct. 2017

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1736, in the meaning defined above

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“Jumping spider.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jumping%20spider. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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