wolf spider



any of numerous ground spiders of the family Lycosidae, including the southern European tarantula, Lycosa taretula, that hunt their prey instead of using a web.

Origin of wolf spider

First recorded in 1600–10
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Examples from the Web for wolf spider

  • The tarantula is of the wolf-spider family, whose habit is to chase their prey, not lie in ambush.

  • There is the wolf-spider which, if a man passes near its lair, will leap out and pursue him, and bite him if it can.

    Furze the Cruel|John Trevena
  • With his fangs, this wolf-spider kills and crushes his victim; then he sucks the body dry and throws away the carcass.

    Book of Monsters|David Fairchild and Marian Hubbard (Bell) Fairchild
  • It is the wolf-spider that often appears at night within the circle of lamplight searching for nocturnal insects.

    Book of Monsters|David Fairchild and Marian Hubbard (Bell) Fairchild

British Dictionary definitions for wolf spider

wolf spider


any spider of the family Lycosidae, which chase their prey to catch itAlso called: hunting spider
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