Definition of black widow in English:

black widow

(also black widow spider)

Pronunciation /ˈˌblak ˈwidō/ /ˈˌblæk ˈwɪdoʊ/

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  • A highly venomous American spider which has a black body with red markings.

    Latrodectus mactans, family Theridiidae; subspecies also occur on other continents

    ‘It's the female black widow spider that is venomous and displays a menacing red dot on her abdomen.’
    • ‘The agency advises anyone who comes into contact with a black widow against touching the spider or its web.’
    • ‘They casually remarked one morning that they'd seen a black widow spider in the tub and washed it down the drain.’
    • ‘A deadly black widow spider crawled into a shipping crate in the United States and ended its journey some 5,000 miles away in mid-Essex.’
    • ‘First off I had a dream about a spider, a black widow that was the size of a grapefruit that would follow me around like a puppy.’