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orb weaver

any of numerous spiders of the family Argiopidae, characterized by loosely woven, spiraling webs that have support lines radiating outward from the center.
1885-90 Unabridged
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  • Some silk made by orb weaver spiders rivals the tensile strength of steel.
  • But it might also help birds locate an orb weaver in order to prey upon it.
Encyclopedia Article for orb weaver

any spider of the family Araneidae (Argiopidae or Epeiridae) of the order Araneida, a large and widely distributed group noted for their orb-shaped webs. More than 2,500 species are known.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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