I was remarking that the French word for spider, araignée, seems awfully technical and cumbersome compared to "spider". I'm sure native speakers don't perceive it as such, but to me it only suggests its etymology in arachnid, which is for us a purely technical, unevocative term.
In contrast, spider comes from spinther, i.e. "one that spins". We also have the (archaic) lob "lumpy thing" and (atter)cob "poison-head", still visible in the modern cobweb.
Does French have any terms that evoke a more poetic, descriptive sense of what spiders are and do? Or is the French cultural image of spiders so different from the role they played in English culture?