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crab spider

any crab-shaped spider of the family Thomisidae, characterized by its sideways manner of moving.
Origin of crab spider
1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Many Spiders leave their nests after they have laid the eggs, but the Labyrinth, like the crab-spider, remains to watch over hers.

    Insect Adventures J. Henri Fabre
  • She does not become thin and wither away, like the crab-spider.

    Insect Adventures J. Henri Fabre
  • The crab-spider is one of the most horrible of Nature's creations.

  • Skillful in the prompt despatch of her prey, the little crab-spider is no less clever in the nesting art.

    Insect Adventures J. Henri Fabre

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