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tarantella

[ tar-uhn-tel-uh ]

noun

  1. a rapid, whirling southern Italian dance in very quick sextuple, originally quadruple, meter, usually performed by a single couple, and formerly supposed to be a remedy for tarantism.
  2. a piece of music either for the dance or in its rhythm.


tarantella

/ ˌtærənˈtɛlə /

noun

  1. a peasant dance from S Italy
  2. a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance, in fast six-eight time


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Word History and Origins

Origin of tarantella1

1775–85; < Italian, equivalent to Tarant ( o ) Taranto + -ella -elle
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Word History and Origins

Origin of tarantella1

C18: from Italian, from Taranto Taranto ; associated with tarantism
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Example Sentences

The effect miraculous; danced Tarantella till the bandage came off and he fainted.

She dances the Tarantella now—by-and-by she will dance to another tune!

It was the famous tarantella dance which the people of Southern Italy love so much.

Making an effort to stem it, she recalled her happiness with Maurice after that day of the Tarantella.

Her Sicilian and his tarantella, the tarantella of his joy in Sicily—they had gone away into the blue.

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