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baboon spider, noun phrase

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South African DutchShow more Probably translation of South African Dutch baviaan spinnekop; see quotations 1905 and 1968.
Any of several large, hairy, burrowing spiders of the Theraphosidae, including the genera Harpactira, Ceratogyrus, Pterinochilus, and Harpactirella; baviaan spider; baviaan spinnekop. Also attributive, and (occasionally) figurative.
1905 W.F. Purcell in Flint & Gilchrist Science in S. Afr. 179The members of the principal genus, Harpactera, are locally known as ‘Baviaan Spinnekoppen’ (Baboon spiders), either because baboons are supposed to be fond of them or on account of the resemblance of the velvet-padded feet to the fingers of a monkey.
1987 G. Newlands Spiders & ScorpionsVery little is known about baboon spider venoms and their natural history.
Any of several large, hairy, burrowing spiders of the Theraphosidae, including the genera Harpactira, Ceratogyrus, Pterinochilus, and Harpactirella; baviaan spider; baviaan spinnekop. Also attributive, and (occasionally) figurative.

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