Definition of tarantula
1 : a European wolf spider (Lycosa tarentula) popularly held to be the cause of tarantism
2 : any of various large, hairy, American spiders (family Theraphosidae) that are typically rather sluggish and capable of biting sharply though most forms are not significantly poisonous to humans
Recent Examples of tarantula from the Web
But including more kinds of species in a campaign may boost donations—especially for endangered frogs and tarantulas or other underappreciated animals—and even plants.
Meet live animals such as a red-foot tortoise, a monk parakeet, a Mandarin duck, a Chilean rose-haired tarantula and more.
The four-legged spidery machine is about the size of a large tarantula.
A tweet from Folsom Lake’s twitter account on Saturday showed a large tarantula in the grass.
According to the Bee’s Cathy Locke, one of the common species of tarantula inhabiting the Folsom area is named after Johnny Cash.
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The new Gong shoots for its predecessor's zany factor with acts that include a couple who shoot banana pieces into each other's mouths and a woman dressed as Little Bo Peep who puts her pet tarantula in her mouth while playing the harmonica.
During the molting process, tarantulas contract their abdomens, which pushes fluid into the upper body, or cephalothorax.
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Origin and Etymology of tarantula
Medieval Latin, from Old Italian tarantola, from Taranto
First Known Use: 1561See Words from the same year
TARANTULA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tarantula for English Language Learners
: a large, hairy spider that lives in warm regions
TARANTULA Defined for Kids
Definition of tarantula for Students
: 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 Definition of tarantula
tarantulae\-ˈran-chə-ˌlē, -ˈrant-əl-ˌē\play play
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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