Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An old genus of spiders, more or less exactly equivalent to the modern superfamily Araneida. By various restrictions it has been reduced to the value of one of the modern families or genera of spiders, and has been eliminated entirely from some systems. Aranea domestica, the common house-spider, is now Tegenaria domestica. Also
- n. [NL., neut. pl.] A former group of spiders, intermediate between a modern order and a modern genus.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a genus of common garden spiders.
- n. a genus of orb-weaving spiders including common garden spiders and barn spiders
“Intra hanc Ecclesiam nunquam musca, vel aranea, aut huiusmodi immundi vermiculi nascuntur, quod similiter per diuinum accidit miraculum: nam antè replebatur Ecclesia talibus immunditiis, et totus conuentus recederet ad construendum Ecclesiam in alio loco.”
“Intra hanc Ecclesiam nunquam musca, vel aranea, aut huiusmodi immundi vermiculi nascuntur, quod similiter per diuinum accidit miraculum: nam ant� replebatur Ecclesia talibus immunditiis, et totus conuentus recederet ad construendum Ecclesiam in alio loco.”
“The tela aranea is said to take its origin from the retina, the retina from the optic nerve, and the latter from the rethi (rete, network) involving the substance of the brain.”
“Mygale fusca, a veritable monster, covered with dark brown hair, and called in the vernacular _aranea peluda_ -- hairy spider.”
“Among the capricious freaks of that emperor, it is said that he undertook to investigate the statistics of the arachnoid population of the capital, and that 10,000 pounds of spiders (or spiders 'webs -- for aranea is equivocal) were readily collected; but when he got up a mouse-show, he thought ten thousand mice a very fair number.”
“Its rusty colour, its ill-shaped body, and hairy legs, combined with the piercing look from its eyes, gave it a most vicious appearance, such as belongs, less or more, to all of its race -- for it was of the race _aranea_, or spiders.”
“For instance, the 'aranea theologica' may draw out the whole web of the Westminster Catechism from the simple creed of the beloved Disciple, -- 'whoever believeth with his heart, and professeth with his mouth, that Jesus is Lord and Christ,' -- shall be saved.”
“-- Arachne (whence the spider (_aranea_) has its name) was a woman of Colopho who challenged Pallas to a trial of skill in needlework, and, being defeated, hanged herself.”
“The company's main solutions are aramis, arabypass, arassur and aranea:”
“Aut dirum, tineae, genus; aut invifa Minenae Laxos in foribus fufpendit aranea caiTes.”
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