tarantula


ta·ran·tu·la

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

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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