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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 One common beneficial Florida spider is the spiny orb weaver. Ron Seifer, sun-sentinel.com, 2 Sep. 2021 The web was made by an orb weaver spider, an arachnid known for its intricate web designs. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, 3 Oct. 2020 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, 27 Apr. 2020 Fortunately, Conlan said, orb weaver spiders are generally harmless to people. Gig Conaughton, Ramona Sentinel, 16 Aug. 2019 One of the orb weaver's silk genes is even expressed in the spider's venom gland. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, 19 Oct. 2017 See More

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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 9 Dec. 2022.

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