tarantula

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

Definition of tarantula

plural tarantulas also tarantulae play \-ˌlē\
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

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Origin and Etymology of tarantula

Medieval Latin, from Old Italian tarantola, from Taranto


TARANTULA Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of tarantula for English Language Learners

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


TARANTULA Defined for Kids

tarantula

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noun ta·ran·tu·la \ tə-ˈran-chə-lə \

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

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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 play \-ˈran-chə-ˌlē, -ˈrant-ᵊl-ˌē\
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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