from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A Cuvierian genus of insectivorous quadrupeds, the desmans: later changed to Myogale or Myogalia.
- noun The leading genus formerly of the nowdisused family Mygalidæ.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- proper noun (Zoöl.) A genus of very large hairy spiders of the family
Ctenizidae, having four lungs and only four spinnerets. They do not spin webs, but usually construct tubes in the earth, which are often furnished with a trapdoor. The South American bird spider ( Mygale avicularia), and the crab spider, or matoutou ( Mygale cancerides) are among the largest species. They are also called trapdoor spiders. Some of the species are erroneously called tarantulas, as the Texas tarantula ( Mygale Hentzii).
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- noun zoology Any of the former
genusMygale of large, hairy trapdoor spiderswith four lungsand four spinnerets, now distributed in Mygalomorphae
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Once we were digging yuca in a chacra when we came across a fine specimen of the mygale, which is indigenous to all the Amazon woods, but is rarely met with.
Most insects and poisonous spiders: mygale spider, brown recluse.
Although she had been told that the mygale sometimes ate small birds, her short experience in the Amazon had taught her that not many creatures - insects and piranha excepted - attacked unless hungry, provoked, trodden upon or surrounded by others of their species.
At Quibe I saw a bird-catching spider (_mygale_), of extraordinary large size.
We may see the mygale, or bird-catching spider, at the end of his strong net-trap, among the thick foliage; and the tarantula, at the bottom of his dark pit-fall, constructed in the ground.
We may see the mygale, or bird-catching spider, at the end of his strong net-trap, among the thick foliage; and the tarantula, at the bottom of his dark pitfall, constructed in the ground.
The mygale carries its eggs enclosed in a cocoon of white silk of a very close tissue, formed of two round pieces uniting at their borders.
For my own part, no instance came to my knowledge in Ceylon of a mygale attacking a bird; but PERCIVAL, who wrote his account of the island in
In particular situations, where the entrance is exposed to the wind, the mygale, on the approach of the monsoon, extends the strong tissue above it so as to serve as an awning to prevent the access of rain.
The accuracy of her statement has since been impugned  by a correspondent of the Zoological Society of London, on the ground that the mygale makes no net, but lives in recesses, to which no humming-bird would resort; and hence, the writer somewhat illogically declares, that he