Joro spider

or jor·o spi·der

[ jawr-oh spahy-der ]

  1. a large, multicolored, invasive but relatively harmless spider, Trichonephilia clavata (formerly classified with the genus Nephilia), found throughout much of Japan, Korea, China, and Taiwan, and recently introduced to the eastern United States: known as the “parachuting spider” for its habit of dropping, with long legs extended, from great heights.

Origin of Joro spider

First recorded in 2010–15; from Japanese jorō(gumo) “woman (spider),” in Japanese folklore a goblin that can change from a spider into a beautiful woman
  • Sometimes Jor·ō spi·der .

Words Nearby Joro spider Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023