(also black widow spider)
A highly venomous American spider which has a black body with red markings.
- Latrodectus mactans, family Theridiidae; subspecies also occur on other continents (see katipo, redback, button spider).
- It's the female black widow spider that is venomous and displays a menacing red dot on her abdomen.
- The agency advises anyone who comes into contact with a black widow against touching the spider or its web.
- They casually remarked one morning that they'd seen a black widow spider in the tub and washed it down the drain.
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