web spinner


noun

any of several slender insects, of the order Embioptera, that nest in colonies in silken webs spun with secretions from the enlarged front legs.

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Also called embiid.

Origin of web spinner

First recorded in 1905–10
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British Dictionary definitions for web spinner

web spinner

noun

any small fragile dull-coloured typically tropical insect of the order Embioptera, which has biting mouthparts and constructs silken tunnels in which to live
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