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trap-door spider

any of several burrowing spiders, of the family Ctenizidae, that construct a tubular nest with a hinged lid.
Origin of trap-door spider
First recorded in 1820-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Just what natural enemy the trap-door spider has I do not know.

    Under the Maples John Burroughs
  • The trap-door spider has furnished me with133 one of the most interesting bits of natural history I have found on the coast.

    Under the Maples John Burroughs
  • It is called the trap-door spider, from the curious way in which it protects the entrance to its nest.

    Wild Nature Won By Kindness Elizabeth Brightwen
  • Fig. 20 shows the nest of the trap-door spider, so called from the construction of its nest.

  • The same book tells why the trap-door spider usually builds on a slope.

  • Many tell us that the tarantula has a lid on the top of his house, but this is incorrect, as that belongs to the trap-door spider.

  • We frequently noticed, in the deep spongy moss over which we walked, the nests of a trap-door spider.

    Cruise of the 'Alert' R. W. Coppinger
  • Talking of the ant-lion reminds one of another excavator, still more familiar to Cape colonists, the trap-door spider.

British Dictionary definitions for trap-door spider

trap-door spider

any of various spiders of the family Ctenizidae that construct a silk-lined hole in the ground closed by a hinged door of earth and silk
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