from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A genus of spiders, including the common garden spider (E. diadema). They spin geometrical webs. See garden spider.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The typical genus of spiders of the family Epeiridæ, having a nearly globular abdomen.
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Now this one is of the spinnerets of the garden or cross spider ... er ... epeira fasciata ... '
The construction of this silken dwelling is exclusively designed for the domestic luxury of the spider; it serves no purpose in trapping or securing prey, and no external disturbance of the web tempts the creature to sally out to surprise an intruder, as the epeira and its congeners would.
_agalena_ spider, which dispenses with the winding-sheet of the field species -- _epeira_ and _argiope_.