One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Zoology. A spider of the New World genus Mygale (family Theraphosidae); any mygalomorph spider.
Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). From post-classical Latin mygale (Vetus Latina; already in classical Latin (Columella) as a Greek loanword) from ancient Greek μυγαλῆ (uncontracted μυγαλέη) shrew from μυ-, combining form of μῦς rat, mouse + γαλῆ (uncontracted γαλέη) weasel, marten, polecat, ferret.
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