sea spider

noun

Definition of sea spider

: any of various small long-legged marine arthropods (class Pycnogonida) that superficially resemble spiders

Examples of sea spider in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the study, scientists genetically sequenced all living sea spider families (spanning 89 species, all distantly related to land spiders) to create the first comprehensive family tree. Raleigh Mcelvery, Science | AAAS, "Creepy sea spiders have evolved to be tough," 15 Sep. 2020 On the Beagle’s second voyage to Tierra del Fuego, in 1832, Charles Darwin was amazed at the variety of life found in the sea off the relatively barren archipelago: snails, starfish, sea spiders, and fish abounded in rafts of seaweed. Lucy Jakub, Harper's magazine, "A View to a Krill," 2 Mar. 2020 Looking at the genomic sequencing of 53 species of arachnids, horseshoe crabs and sea spiders, Ballesteros' team found overwhelming data putting Xiphosura within the anarchid family. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Study: Horseshoe Crabs Really Are Arachnids, Just Like Spiders," 28 Feb. 2019 So the researchers concentrated on numerous pores that dot the legs of sea spiders. James Gorman, New York Times, "Breathe Deep: How the Antarctic Sea Spider Gets Oxygen," 28 May 2018

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1855, in the meaning defined above

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“Sea spider.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sea%20spider. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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