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Compare Latin retiarius.


retiary (not comparable)

  1. net-like
    This work is in retiary, or hanging textures. — Sir Thomas Browne.
  2. Constructing or using a web, or net, to catch prey; said of certain spiders.
  3. Armed with a net; hence, skilful at entangling.
    Scholastic retiary versatility of logic. — Coleridge.


retiary (plural retiaries)

  1. (zoology) Any spider that spins webs to catch its prey.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.