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As well try to mend a spider's web when you have put your boot through it.

She loved to spin, and no spider ever spun so fine a thread as she on her spinning wheel.

The spider is tossed from his footing and falls wounded to earth.

Sometimes it resembles a spider's web when it is called arachnoid.

This little girl, the Cod-fish by name, was devoted to the Spider.

Kicking off the nearest of the spider men, he clambered in after the scientist.

"Oh, she has her virtues, like every other kind of spider," said Bruno.

Not a spider could be seen near the shining, circular doors.

It seemed to him to combine the repulsive qualities of a spider and a toad.

And so they went below again, down the spider ladder into the corridor.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English spiþra, from Proto-Germanic *spenthro (cf. Danish spinder), from *spenwanan "to spin" (see spin). The connection with the root is more transparent in other Germanic cognates (cf. Middle Low German, Middle Dutch, Middle High German, German spinne, Dutch spin "spider").

In literature, often a figure of cunning, skill, and industry as well as poisonous predation. As the name for a type of two-pack solitaire, it is attested from 1890. Another Old English word for the creature was gangewifre "a weaver as he goes," and Middle English also had araine "spider" (14c.-15c., from French). Spider plant is from 1852; spider crab is from 1710; spider monkey is from 1764, so called for its long limbs.

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