from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a very large South American spider (Mygale avicularia). It is said sometimes to capture and kill small birds.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A large hairy spider of the family Theraphosidæ and genus Avicularia (often called Mygale). A.avicularia, a native of tropical America, is able to capture and kill small birds. See cut on preceding page.
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