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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

Full Definition of tarantula

plural ta·ran·tu·las also ta·ran·tu·lae 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 of tarantula

Medieval Latin, from Old Italian tarantola, from Taranto


First Known Use: 1561


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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 ta·ran·tu·las also ta·ran·tu·lae \-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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