Definition of spider noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈspaɪdə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈspaɪdər//
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a small creature with eight thin legs. Many spiders spin webs (= nets of thin threads) to catch insects for food. She stared in horror at the hairy black spider. I was bitten by a spider. See related entries: Invertebrates Word Originlate Old English spīthra, from spinnan ‘draw out and twist (fibre)’; related to German spinnen.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: spider

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