One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large spider that commonly lives in and around human dwellings.
a common European spider which builds a large web with a tubular retreat in one corner (genus Tegenaria, family Ageleridae).
a common North American spider (Achaearanea tepidariorum, family Theridiidae).
- ‘And recently, my ex-partner told me she'd caught one of those huge house spiders you get at this time of year, by one leg instead of cupping it in her hand, and it bit her.’
- ‘Other biting spiders include the black house spider and huntsman.’
- ‘We are currently suffering a plague of monster house spiders.’
- ‘The spider is the house spider which is more common this year thanks to the hot summer.’
- ‘Reports of large house spiders found indoors are common at this time of year.’
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