Definition of bird-eating spider in English:

bird-eating spider

(also bird spider)


  • another term for tarantula (sense 1)
    • ‘The world's largest spider is the goliath bird-eating spider with a body length of 3.5 inches, a leg span of 11 inches, fangs measuring one inch long and a total weight of 4.3oz.’
    • ‘My reaction to a mouse is a lot calmer than what it would be to a bird-eating spider, or something of that ilk.’
    • ‘And now they're being sold as ‘bird-eating spiders’ in pet shops around the country.’
    • ‘How else would four and five-year-olds come nose-to-nose with a hissing cockroach or Doris the bird-eating spider?’
    • ‘Now one of the things that I found really intriguing was that a number of the dasyurids, the marsupial mice don't burrow, they rely on scorpion burrows or bird-eating spider burrows to live in.’
    • ‘Also known as bird spiders or monkey spiders, tarantulas measure about 2.5 to 7.5 cm, with a leg span of 13 cm. However, the South American varieties are larger.’