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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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Black widow systems contain stars that are both physically smaller and of much lower mass than those found in redbacks.
We cannot be certain they were definitely black widow spiders but we believe they were and we treat every situation like this with utmost care because we wouldn't want to take any chances.
Graeme is now looking after the black widows until he can get them to a breeder in Stoke who he located via the web.
Bristol Zoo says the find came at just the right time as their resident black widow had recently died of old age.
A deadly Black Widow spider was brought to Stratford Butterfly Farm after being found in a car imported from Arizona in America.
It was the first black widow I have collected and I was a bit dubious about handling it.
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.
The prefecture is investigating whether there are any black widows spiders outside the base, and calling on local residents encountering the spiders not to touch them, the officials said.
Black widows have a highly venomous bite that can kill.
Reports of Black Widows in Bahrain hit the headlines last year, when they were discovered in several Barbar residents' gardens.