One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A generally circular, upright spider's web formed of threads radiating from a central point, crossed by radial links that spiral in from the edge.
- ‘This ferocious arachnid Arnold had already spun a large orb web, which looked like a batter's cage as it already covered the upper half of the window.’
- ‘‘There are around 5,000 species that spin orb webs,’ Coddington said.’
- ‘Subadult and adult females were housed in separate Perspex frames, where they built typical orb webs.’
- ‘An orb web near the top of the plant may have attracted the hunting wasp.’
- ‘All spiders known to weave delicate circular net-like orb webs are spiders of the superfamily Araneoidea who produce this kind of glue coated ‘viscid’ silk.’
- ‘Web-builders particularly fascinate me, there is nothing quite like an intricate well-spun web (particularly orb webs, the way they spiral on themselves) and the fanatical and instinctive maintenance by it's owner.’
- ‘Or there's the time we kept a huge golden-spotted salamander successfully in a terrarium for a whole year, or the summer we watched as a huge spider rebuilt a beautiful orb web in our upstairs bathroom window each night.’
- ‘Typically, the male walked up the side of the frame, eventually encountering one of the support threads of the orb web.’
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