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tarantula

noun ta·ran·tu·la \tə-ˈran-chə-lə, -tə-lə; -ˈranch-lə, -ˈrant-\

: a large, hairy spider that lives in warm regions

plural ta·ran·tu·las also ta·ran·tu·lae \-ˌlē\

Full Definition of TARANTULA

1
:  a European wolf spider (Lycosa tarentula) popularly held to be the cause of tarantism
2
:  any of a family (Theraphosidae) of large hairy American spiders that are typically rather sluggish and capable of biting sharply though most forms are not significantly poisonous to humans

Origin of TARANTULA

Medieval Latin, from Old Italian tarantola, from Taranto
First Known Use: 1561
TARANTULA Defined for Kids

tarantula

noun ta·ran·tu·la \tə-ˈran-chə-lə\

Definition of TARANTULA for Kids

:  a large hairy spider of warm regions of North and South America whose bite may be painful but is usually not serious to humans except for a few South American species
Medical Dictionary

tarantula

noun ta·ran·tu·la \tə-ˈranch-(ə-)lə, -ˈrant-əl-ə\
plural ta·ran·tu·las also ta·ran·tu·lae \-ˈran-chə-ˌlē, -ˈrant-əl-ˌē\

Medical Definition of TARANTULA

1
:  a European spider (Lycosa tarentula of the family Lycosidae) popularly held to be the cause of tarantism
2
:  any of a family (Theraphosidae) of large hairy American spiders that are typically rather sluggish and capable of biting sharply though most forms are not significantly poisonous to humans

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