trapdoor spiders
Mygale Myg"a*le, prop. n. [L., a field mouse, Gr. ?.] (Zo["o]l.) 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}). [1913 Webster +PJC]

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