from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Resembling a spider in form, characteristics, or behavior.
  • adjective Resembling a spider's web; very fine.
  • adjective Infested with spiders.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Spiderlike.

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  • adjective Like a spider.
  • adjective Characterized by many spindly extensions.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective relating to or resembling a member of the class Arachnida


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spider +‎ -y


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