trap-door spider


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trap-door spider

n
(Animals) any of various spiders of the family Ctenizidae that construct a silk-lined hole in the ground closed by a hinged door of earth and silk

trap′-door` spi′der


n.
any of several burrowing spiders, esp. of the family Ctenizidae, that build a tubular, lidded nest.
[1820–30]
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Noun1.trap-door spider - American spider that constructs a silk-lined nest with a hinged lidtrap-door spider - American spider that constructs a silk-lined nest with a hinged lid
spider - predatory arachnid with eight legs, two poison fangs, two feelers, and usually two silk-spinning organs at the back end of the body; they spin silk to make cocoons for eggs or traps for prey
Ctenizidae, family Ctenizidae - large burrowing spiders
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