One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A sun spider.
- ‘Despite the name and appearance, camel spiders are actually solifugids which, unlike spiders, do not have venom or silk glands.’
- ‘Despite their fearsome appearance and their strong bite, solifugids are unlikely to harm humans.’
- ‘They're actually solpugids, or solifugids (aka camel spiders, aka wind scorpions).’
- ‘Chomping down with oversize jaws, a wind scorpion (also known as a camel spider, sun spider, or solifugid) lunches on a lizard in California's Mojave Desert.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin solifuga.
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