trapdoor spider

variants: or trap-door spider
plural trapdoor spiders or trap-door spiders

Definition of trapdoor spider

: any of various often large burrowing mygalomorph spiders (especially family Ctenizidae) that construct a tubular subterranean silk-lined nest topped with a hinged lid Trapdoor spiders dig burrows using a spiny rake mounted on their jaws, then line the burrow and the opening with silk.— Richard and Joyce Wolkomir Tarantulas, trap-door spiders, and some other species still use their silk mainly for shelter …— Richard Conniff

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First Known Use of trapdoor spider

1826, in the meaning defined above

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“Trapdoor spider.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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