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button spider, noun phrase

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See quotation c1939.
Any of several species of spider of the genus Latrodectus (family Theridiidae), especially L. mactans, the only S. African spider having a poisonous bite which is dangerous to humans. Also attributive.
1936 L.G. Green Secret Afr. 232While the most deadly type of button spider (Latrodectus indistinctus) does not seem to occur in the city of Cape Town, other species are often found in houses. They have small, round, shiny black bodies, and many display a red spot on the underside or the back.
1991 I. & F. De Moor Informants, GrahamstownButton spider — Black widow spider.
Any of several species of spider of the genus Latrodectus (family Theridiidae), especially L. mactans, the only S. African spider having a poisonous bite which is dangerous to humans. Also attributive.

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