from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any spider of the large group Orbitelæ: distinguished from tube-weaver, tunnel-weaver, etc.

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  • n. spiders that spin orb webs; cosmopolitan in distribution


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  • "Nasa managers insisted that the second orb-weaver was not exactly lost, it just couldn ‚ Äôt be found."

    Escaped Mutant Spiders Threaten Astronauts - Again - NASA Watch

  • Anxious to quash fears that the absent arachnid may be marauding around the space station, Nasa managers insisted that the second orb-weaver was not exactly lost, it just couldn't be found.

    NASA Watch: ISS News: November 2008 Archives

  • This beautiful orb-weaver spider is basically taking flies and crickets and transforming them in water in the abdomen and what comes out is this material that's five times stronger ounce for ounce than steel.

    The Man of the Hour

  • He and his team took the gene that encodes dragline silk from an orb-weaver spider and placed it among the DNA that prompts milk production in the udders.

    The Guardian World News

  • Female giant golden orb-weaver spiders can grow to a whopping 4 or 5 inches in diameter although males tend to be less than a quarter that size.

    Wired Top Stories

  • "This giant fossil orb-weaver provides evidence of predation on medium to large insects, well known from the Daohugou beds, and would have played an important role in the evolution of these insects," according to researchers.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Local News

  • To test spider silk's usefulness, first Wendt and her colleagues essentially milked golden silk orb-weaver spiders by stroking their silk glands and spooling up the silk fibers that came out.

  • According to my friend Amy, it is a female giant wood spider, also known as a golden silk orb-weaver.

    Que sera, Sarah

  • I looked it up on wiki which says, the venom of the golden silk orb-weaver is potent but not lethal to humans.

    Que sera, Sarah

  • Part of a well-known group of golden orb-weaver spiders-which can spin webs up to three feet (one meter) wide -

    National Geographic News


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