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mygalomorph Line breaks: myg¦alo|morph
Pronunciation: /ˈmɪɡ(ə)ləmɔːf/

Definition of mygalomorph in English:


A large spider of a group that includes the tarantulas, trapdoor spiders, and funnel-web spiders. Mygalomorphs have several primitive features, including fangs that stab downwards rather than towards one another.
Example sentences
  • Previously, the earliest known mygalomorphs, described in 1990, were about 100 million years old.
  • To imitate a mygalomorph, put your index and middle fingers in front of your mouth and move them up and down.
  • Female tarantulas like other mygalomorphs are able to moult after reaching maturity.


1920s: from modern Latin Mygalomorphae, from Greek mugalē 'shrew' + morphē 'form'.

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