American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, resembling, or forming a net or web.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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.
- 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Any spider which spins webs to catch its prey.
- n. A retiarius.
- 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.
- Compare Latin retiarius. (Wiktionary)
- From Latin rēte, net. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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