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crab spider

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  1. any crab-shaped spider of the family Thomisidae, characterized by its sideways manner of moving.

Origin of crab spider

First recorded in 1860–65
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Historical Examples

  • She does not become thin and wither away, like the Crab-spider.

    Insect Adventures

    J. Henri Fabre

  • The crab-spider is one of the most horrible of Nature's creations.

  • Skillful in the prompt despatch of her prey, the little Crab-spider is no less clever in the nesting art.

    Insect Adventures

    J. Henri Fabre

  • Many Spiders leave their nests after they have laid the eggs, but the Labyrinth, like the Crab-spider, remains to watch over hers.

    Insect Adventures

    J. Henri Fabre