1. [Named for the flattened appearance of the head.]white stumpnose, see stumpnose sense 2.
[1731G. Medleytr. ofP. Kolben’s Present State of Cape of G.H.II. 204There is another sort of Stone Brassems at the Cape...The Cape-Europeans call These Flat Noses, on Account of the Flatness of the Fore-part of the Head.]
1988Afr. WildlifeVol.42No.3, 93The wall-spider (or flat spider — commonly known as the ‘flatty’), an extremely fast-moving spider, which normally inhabits rocky terrain and which finds the walls of houses a suitable substitute. As the popular nickname ‘flatty’ implies, this type of spider is dorsoventrally flattened to an extraordinary degree and it can insinuate itself into the narrowest of crevices and cracks.
1990Evening Post 17 Mar. 8I attributed our freedom from the mosquito nuisance to the presence of the flattie spiders. Their low profile, speed of movement and daylight hunting seemed to enable them to catch mosquitoes as they rested after their night shifts.
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