arachnid

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arachnid   (ə-rāk'nĭd)  Pronunciation Key 
Any of various arthropods of the class Arachnida, such as spiders, scorpions, mites, and ticks. Arthropods are characterized by four pairs of segmented legs and a body that is divided into two regions, the cephalothorax and the abdomen.
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