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tarantula

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

Simple Definition of tarantula

  • : a large, hairy spider that lives in warm regions

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of tarantula

plural

tarantulas

also

tarantulae

play \-ˌlē\
  1. 1 :  a European wolf spider (Lycosa tarentula) popularly held to be the cause of tarantism

  2. 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 and Etymology of tarantula

Medieval Latin, from Old Italian tarantola, from Taranto


First Known Use: 1561


TARANTULA Defined for Kids

tarantula

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noun ta·ran·tu·la \tə-ˈran-chə-lə\

Definition of tarantula for Students

  1. :  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




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tarantula

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noun ta·ran·tu·la \tə-ˈranch-(ə-)lə, -ˈrant-əl-ə\

Medical Definition of tarantula

plural

tarantulas

also

tarantulae

\-ˈran-chə-ˌlē, -ˈrant-əl-ˌē\play play
  1. 1:  a European spider (Lycosa tarentula of the family Lycosidae) popularly held to be the cause of tarantism

  2. 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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