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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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