Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, resembling, or forming a net or web.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. net-like
  • adj. Constructing or using a web, or net, to catch prey; said of certain spiders.
  • adj. Armed with a net; hence, skilful at entangling.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Netlike.
  • adj. Constructing or using a web, or net, to catch prey; -- said of certain spiders.
  • adj. Armed with a net; hence, skillful to entangle.
  • n. Any spider which spins webs to catch its prey.
  • n. A retiarius.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Net-like.
  • Spinning a web, as a spider; of or pertaining to the Retiariæ.
  • Armed with a net; hence, skilful to entangle.
  • n. Same as retiarius.
  • n. A retiary spider; a member of the Retiariæ.

Etymologies

From Latin rēte, net.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Compare Latin retiarius. (Wiktionary)

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