December 30, 2018
arachnid (noun)
\uh-RAK-nid\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: any of a class of arthropods including the spiders, scorpions, mites, and ticks and having a segmented body divided into two regions of which the front part bears four pairs of legs but no antennae
How do you use it?
Eva was surprised to learn in biology class that, despite their difference in size, scorpions and ticks are both arachnids.
Are you a word wiz?

The word "arachnid" doesn't show up in English until the late 1800s. However, its origin goes back a lot further. What do you think is the source of "arachnid"?

"Arachnid" comes from the Greek word "arachne," which means "spider." It was derived from the name of a woman in Greek mythology named Arachne who was a very skillful weaver. She challenged Athena, the goddess of spinning and weaving, to a contest. Athena wove a tapestry depicting the gods in majesty, while Arachne showed them in love. Enraged at the perfection of her rival's work, Athena tore it to pieces, which upset Arachne so much that she hanged herself. Out of pity, Athena loosened the rope, which became a cobweb and Arachne became a spider.
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