Posted by ESC on December 15, 2003
In Reply to: Spider hole posted by al on December 15, 2003
: "Spider hole" suddenly jumped into the news yesterday.
: It is apparently a military term that has been around for awhile but can't seem to find the when or why of the phrase.
My morning paper (Dec. 15, 2003) carried a USA Today article by Bill Nichols, Tom Squitieri and Dave Moniz. It said "A 'spider hole' is a very tight camouflaged hiding place. The name comes from World War II when the Japanese used the holes to launch ambushes."
I would guess that maybe it came from the trapdoor spider.