from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The typical and only genus of Mycetinæ, established by Illiger in 1811; the howlers: a synonym of Aluatta of prior date.
- noun The plants now called
Fungi:a term proposed by Sprengel.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Zoöl.) A genus of South American monkeys, including the howlers. See
howler, 2, and Illust.
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While the strange, harsh voice of the goatsucker is hushed, the mycetes has ceased to howl, and no roar of jaguar is heard, a few slow, sweet, and mellow notes reach the ear, following one another like the commencement of an air.
They take a large nut, and scraping out the interior, leave only a small mouth, and, filling it with sugar, leave it near the trees inhabited by the mycetes.
The alligator, far from being a silent animal, as is generally supposed, makes a hideous noise at times, bellowing with so singular a cadence and loud a din, that he can even outroar the jaguars and mycetes.
It is the mycetes, or ursine howler -- the largest monkey of South America.
These unmusical howlings are supposed by some naturalists to be merely the nocturnal serenades of lover mycetes addressed to their mistresses, seated high on the branches in some distant part of the forest; others regard them rather as noises which serve to intimidate their enemies, though not emitted in general for any sudden alarm.