wolf spider


: any of various active wandering ground spiders (family Lycosidae)

Examples of wolf spider in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Share [Findings] Climate change was expected to drive American lobsters to seek deeper waters, beavers to colonize new parts of Canada, and wolf spiders in the high Arctic to produce a second annual brood. Rafil Kroll-Zaidi, Harper's Magazine, 22 May 2024 Pretty much everyone came to the same conclusion: this lotion attracts wolf spiders. Popsci Staff, Popular Science, 10 Apr. 2024 If bitten by a wolf spider, the wound should not be bandaged. Tim MacWelch, Outdoor Life, 3 May 2023 The two most common spider bites are from house spiders, specifically the jumping spider and wolf spider. Emilia Benton, Women's Health, 30 June 2023 Some other names for the wolf spider are the ground spider and the hunting spider. Tim MacWelch, Outdoor Life, 3 May 2023 In this case, Dickman says, wolf spiders eat other insects that dunnarts also like to eat, so hunting wolf spiders not only provides a tasty meal but also removes a source of competition for other food. Stephanie Pappas, Scientific American, 11 Apr. 2023 Storm and Lima bred crickets that had never seen a wolf spider before. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 9 Feb. 2010 If a pregnant female is exposed to a wolf spider, her experiences affect her unborn young. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 9 Feb. 2010

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Word History

First Known Use

1608, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wolf spider was in 1608

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“Wolf spider.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wolf%20spider. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

wolf spider

: any of various active wandering spiders of which most do not build a web but chase and catch their prey

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