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An example of a spider is the character Charlotte from the story Charlotte's Web.
An example of a spider is the black widow.
Origin of spider
- Middle English spither from Old English spīthra (s)pen- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English spithre, from Old English spÄ«der, spÄ«Ã¾ra (“spider"), from Proto-Germanic *spinÃ¾rÃ´ (“spider", literally, "spinner"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)pend-, *(s)pen- (“to pull, stretch, spin"). Cognate with Scots spider (“spider"), West Frisian spin (“spider"), Dutch spin (“spider"), German Spinne (“spider"), Danish spinder (“spinner, spider"), Swedish spindel (“spider"). More at spin.