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nursery-web spider

any member of a family of spiders (order Araneida) noted for the female spider's habit of making a protective nursery web for the young and standing guard over that web. Most species are medium to large in size, and many are found near the water. Members of the genus Dolomedes, the most common North American genus, sometimes have a leg spread of 7.5 cm (3 inches)

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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