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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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This triad matches descriptions of the aggregate and flagelliform triad in the southern black widow Latrodectus mactans (Fabricius, 1775) by Moon et al.
The attacker is reported to have been wearing a black shawl before she detonated the bomb, which pundits claim reinforces the argument that she was a member of the Black Widows.(Cihan/Today's Zaman)
Black widow systems contain stars that are both physically smaller and of much lower mass than those found in redbacks.
The black widow's relative, false widows, have hit the headlines in recent weeks following a spate of alleged sightings across the UK Both critters are usually found in damp and dark places and live throughout the United States and South America.
Graeme is now looking after the black widows until he can get them to a breeder in Stoke who he located via the web.
A pair of black widow spiders found in a classic car have found a new home at Bristol Zoo.
A Worcestershire motorist had a nasty surprise when buying a new car - a deadly Black Widow spider had made a home under one of the seats.
Black Widows are renowned for being incredibly tough and like dark crevices, so it was easy for the spider to settle in the car.
Black widows, which feed on ants, grasshoppers, beetles and scorpions, are perhaps the most notorious spider in the world
arsenal, munitions specialists, maintainers, and aircrews dedicated to keeping the bite of the 421st Expeditionary Fighter Squadron "Black Widows" lethal are saying, "Let's Roll."
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.

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