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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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 With brains the size of a sesame seed, jumping spiders may seem like mental lightweights. National Geographic, "Jumping Spiders Can Think Ahead, Plan Detours," 21 Jan. 2016 The third group, the Araneomorphae, includes 5500 jumping spiders, 4500 dwarf spiders, 2400 wolf spiders, and thousands of web spinners. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Spider genes put a new spin on arachnids’ potent venoms, stunning silks, and surprising history," 19 Oct. 2017 With his son Chris, now 21, Knode set up a spooky, interactive Halloween experience across his front lawn, complete with strobe lights, jumping spiders, robotic characters and inflatables, skeletons, snakes, ghosts and ghouls. Libby Solomon, baltimoresun.com, "New, old, always spooky: Halloween links generations," 23 Oct. 2017

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1736, in the meaning defined above

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