orb weaver


: any of a family (Araneidae) of spiders that have eight similar eyes and typically spin a large elaborate wheel-shaped flat web and that includes large or brightly colored spiders (genera Aranea and Argiope) found in gardens

Examples of orb weaver in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Classified as orb weavers, the spiders catch prey using their giant, three-dimensional webs. Taylor Nicioli, CNN, 25 Feb. 2024 Like the individual threads of a tapestry, each strand in an orb weaver spider’s web works to capture food. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 18 Apr. 2023 The golden orb weaver under his microscope produces incredibly strong silk. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Aug. 2023 Environment Science Learning more about the sticky glue that orb weaver spiders use to spin their webs could have wide scientific applications. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 18 Apr. 2023 For example, some orb weaver spiders adorn their webs with silk decorations. Cody Cottier, Discover Magazine, 6 June 2018 The kidney garden spider is a green orb weaver with white and black markings along its back. Hunter Boyce, ajc, 7 July 2022 In a downstairs space, visitors get a close-up view of orb weaver spiders spinning intricate webs on metal frames. San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Mar. 2022 Most of the webs are from orb weaver spiders who spin a series of elaborate concentric circles. Cori Brown, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 31 Oct. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of orb weaver was in 1883

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“Orb weaver.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orb%20weaver. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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