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The outline of a spider map

Spidergrams, spidergraphs, spider diagrams and spider maps are all terms used to describe a mindmap-like hierarchical diagram.

They have a central topic, their organization is purely hierarchical, text on the nodes is horizontal and entries are typically long phrases.

They often do not use color, generally use phrases or sentances instead of one or two words, and typically do not make much use of images.

Other uses of these terms[edit]

“Spider diagram” has another (disputed) meaning in mathematics – see the Wikipedia entry. The term “spidergram” also has an alternative meaning in geology.

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