Definition of katipo in English:

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katipo

Pronunciation: /ˈkatɪpəʊ/

noun (plural katipos)

A highly venomous New Zealand spider which is black with a red spot on the back, closely related to the American black widow.
  • Latrodectus mactans katipo, family Theridiidae
Example sentences
  • Like others of this kind, the katipo lives for only a year, just time to produce the next year's generation.
  • The katipo spider is a coastal sand dune specialist, and is mostly found on the dunes of warm sandy beaches.
  • The red katipo is endangered because its habitats are being destroyed by forestry.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Maori.

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