Definition of funnel-web spider in English:

funnel-web spider

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  • Any of a number of spiders that build a funnel-shaped web, in particular:
    • a large and dangerously venomous Australian spider (genera Atrax and Hadronyche, family Dipluridae, suborder Mygalomorphae). Also called trapdoor spider in AustraliaUS a spider of the family Agelenidae.
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    • An evolutionary biologist at East Carolina University specializes in trapdoor and funnel-web spiders, and tarantulas.
    • Australia's most notorious spider, the Sydney funnel-web spider, has not been known to cause any deaths since 1980.
    • Those Australian funnel-web spiders that can kill a child within 15 minutes.

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