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 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 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, 19 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of orb weaver

1883, in the meaning defined above

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10 Sep 2021

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“Orb weaver.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orb%20weaver. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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