huntsman

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Etymology[edit]

hunts +‎ man

Noun[edit]

huntsman (plural huntsmen or huntsmans)

  1. A hunter.
  2. (UK) A fox hunter.
  3. One who manages the hounds during a hunt.
  4. Any of the many species of large spiders of the family Sparassidae.
    • 1985, Living Australia, Dangerous Australians: The Complete Guide to Australia's Most Deadly Creatures, page 111,
      Although they do not make webs, female huntsmans at least have not lost the ability to produce silk.
    • 1995, Anne Kerle, Ayers Rock, the Olgas & Kings Canyon, Northern Territory, page 129,
      The majority of desert-dwelling spiders are large burrowing spiders; the Barking Spiders Selenoeosmia stirlingi, mouse spiders, wolf spiders (Fig. 5.47), huntsmen and trapdoor spiders (Fig. 5.48).
    • 2002, John Kinsella, The Wasps, in Divinations: Four Plays,
      to say trapdoors and huntsmans
    • 2012, Carrie Tiffany, Mateship with Birds, Pan Macmillan Australia, unnumbered page,
      Two huntsmen spiders prowl Harry′s bedroom ceiling.

Usage notes[edit]

The plural form huntsmans applies only in the sense of spider, although huntsmen is probably more common.

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