jumping spider


noun

any of several small, hairy spiders, of the family Salticidae, that stalk and jump upon their prey instead of snaring it in a web.

Nearby words

  1. jumping genes,
  2. jumping hare,
  3. jumping jack,
  4. jumping mouse,
  5. jumping plant louse,
  6. jumping-off place,
  7. jumping-off place or point,
  8. jumpmaster,
  9. jumprock,
  10. jumpstart

Origin of jumping spider

First recorded in 1805–15

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British Dictionary definitions for jumping spider

jumping spider

noun

any spider of the family Salticidae, esp Attulus saltator, that catch their prey by hunting and can jump considerable distances
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