arachnid

[ uh-rak-nid ]
/ əˈræk nɪd /

noun

any wingless, carnivorous arthropod of the class Arachnida, including spiders, scorpions, mites, ticks, and daddy-longlegs, having a body divided into two parts, the cephalothorax and the abdomen, and having eight appendages and no antennae.Compare insect.

adjective

belonging or pertaining to the arachnids.

Origin of arachnid

1865–70; < New Latin Arachnida < Greek aráchn(ē) spider, spider's web + New Latin -ida -ida

Related forms

a·rach·ni·dan [uh-rak-ni-duh n] /əˈræk nɪ dən/, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for arachnid

arachnid

/ (əˈræknɪd) /

noun

any terrestrial chelicerate arthropod of the class Arachnida, characterized by simple eyes and four pairs of legs. The group includes the spiders, scorpions, ticks, mites, and harvestmen

Derived Forms

arachnidan, adjective, noun

Word Origin for arachnid

C19: from New Latin Arachnida, from Greek arakhnē spider
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Science definitions for arachnid

arachnid

[ ə-răknĭd ]

Any of various arthropods of the class Arachnida, such as spiders, scorpions, mites, and ticks. Arthropods are characterized by four pairs of segmented legs and a body that is divided into two regions, the cephalothorax and the abdomen.

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