Definitions

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).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun zoology Any of the former genus Mygale of large, hairy trapdoor spiders with four lungs and four spinnerets, now distributed in Mygalomorphae

Etymologies

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Latin, mygale ("field mouse"), from Ancient Greek μυγαλῆ (mugale)

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