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

  • n. Any of various insect-eating spiders of the family Ctenizidae, found in warm climates, that construct a silk-lined burrow concealed by a hinged lid.

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  • n. any spider, of the family Ctenizidae, that constructs a silk-lined burrow with a hinged lid

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. any one of several species of large spiders which make a nest consisting of a vertical hole in the earth, lined with a hinged lid, like a trapdoor. Most of the species belong to the genus Cteniza, as the California species (Cteniza Californica).

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