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black widow

n.
Any of several venomous spiders of the genus Latrodectus, the females of which have a black shiny body with red markings, often in the shape of an hourglass on the abdomen, and can inflict a dangerous bite.
A macabre sobriquet for a homicidal female. Cf Black Widow Spider
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A spokesman for the attraction in Stratfordupon-Avon said: "As the black widow spider is renowned for being incredibly tough and living in dark crevices, it was easy for it to remain unnoticed.
The essential features of black widow and redback binaries are that they place a normal but very low-mass star in close proximity to a millisecond pulsar, which has disastrous consequences for the star," Roger Romani, a member of the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, an institute run jointly by Stanford and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, California, said.
PSR J1311-3430 (J1311 for short), one black widow system, discovered in 2012 is the tightest orbit of its class and contains one of the heaviest neutron stars known.
DOZENS of suspected black widow spiders were discovered by Airbus workers as they unloaded goods at the Broughton factory last week.
Graeme from Guisborough said: "I've heard them finding one or two black widows in shipping crates before but six is quite a lot.
A pair of black widow spiders found in a classic car have found a new home at Bristol Zoo.
Black Widows are known to be one of the most poisonous spiders in the world with venom 15 times more potent than a rattlesnake For more information on Stratford Butterfly Farm visit www.
AIRBUS workers discovered a deadly black widow spider while unloading a container at their North Wales factory.
After last hunting season, I vowed to enlist professional help to get me over my traditional-shooting hump and registered for a three-day instructional clinic at Black Widow Custom Bows in Nixa, Missouri, with Ken Beck and G.
The exhibit houses a display of tarantulas, black widows, scorpions, lizards and frogs arranged in glass terrariums.
There are many more black widows in this part of the world, and though quite lovely with their sleek black bodies and red hourglass insignia on their bellies, the bite of a black widow can cause respiratory paralysis and even death to small children.
If Keebler wanted to be honest about its Frosted Animal Crackers, it would replace those lions and elephants and hippos and bears with sharks and rattlesnakes and scorpions and black widows.