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noun plural -pos
  1. a small venomous spider, Latrodectus katipo, of New Zealand, commonly black with a red or orange stripe on the abdomen
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Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Examples from the Web for katipo

Historical Examples

  • The katipo is a small poisonous spider confined to New Zealand.

    Poisons: Their Effects and Detection

    Alexander Wynter Blyth

  • And now we may take breath for a minute or two, praise old Katipo, and cut off the pig's ears as a trophy.

  • Then Katipo discovers a small family of pigs comfortably stowed away among the dense vegetation of a little marshy hollow.

  • A great, heavy sow passes close before me, with Katipo tearing at her ear.

  • Katipo killed a kiwi in the course of our morning's hunt, and this bird is now being skinned, cut up, and roasted on sticks.