"Widow" is a gender-specific term for a woman who has lost a spouse to death. The male equivalent is "widower". Several female characters in the Dick Tracy comics strip have been widowed and they are listed below.
There is some disagreement as to whether a woman who has been widowed and then re-married still qualifies as a widow. Characters for whom that is the case are still included in this category.
Similarly, the term "Black Widow" is often applied to women who kill their husbands (or otherwise arrange for their deaths), inspired by the type of arachnid that kills after mating.
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