orb weaver

noun

Definition of 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

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Recent Examples on the Web The occupant, a Pacific garden spider, a type of orb weaver with spindly legs and a neon-yellow back, didn’t move. The New Yorker, "at the epicenter of the pandemic.," 27 Apr. 2020 Fortunately, Conlan said, orb weaver spiders are generally harmless to people. Gig Conaughton, Ramona Sentinel, "It’s orb weaver spider season," 16 Aug. 2019 One of the orb weaver's silk genes is even expressed in the spider's venom gland. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Spider genes put a new spin on arachnids’ potent venoms, stunning silks, and surprising history," 19 Oct. 2017 Contrary to earlier studies, the analyses divided orb weavers, the many spider species that make the classic spiral webs and cobwebs, into two groupings and put them on very different branches of the tree. 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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1883, in the meaning defined above

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“Orb weaver.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orb%20weaver. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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