crab spider

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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. crab cactus,
  2. crab canon,
  3. crab grass,
  4. crab louse,
  5. crab nebula,
  6. crab tree,
  7. crab's eye,
  8. crab-plover,
  9. crabapple,
  10. crabb

Origin of crab spider

First recorded in 1860–65

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Examples from the Web for crab spider

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

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

    Insect Adventures|J. Henri Fabre
  • 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