Definition of button spider in English:

button spider


  • A highly venomous African spider which is a close relative of the American black widow.

    A subspecies of Latrodectus mactans, family Theridiidae

    • ‘Some of the species with very toxic venom are the button spider and the black widow.’
    • ‘The button spiders have round abdomens with slender legs of which the third pair of legs is the shortest.’
    • ‘A person who has been bitten by a black button spider needs to be hospitalised and treated with anti-venom.’
    • ‘In fact, there have been no deaths from button spiders in the last 4 to 5 decades.’
    • ‘In Africa, especially South Africa, the genus is more popularly referred to as the button spiders.’