Definition of mygalomorph in English:


Syllabification: myg·a·lo·morph
Pronunciation: /ˈmigələˌmôrf


  • A large spider of a group that includes the tarantulas and funnel-web spiders. Mygalomorphs have several primitive features, including fangs that stab downward rather than toward one another.
    • Suborder Mygalomorphae, order Araneae
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    • 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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