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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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