tarantella

[ tar-uhn-tel-uh ]
/ ˌtær ənˈtɛl ə /

noun

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.
a piece of music either for the dance or in its rhythm.

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Origin of tarantella

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH tarantella

tarantella , tarantula.
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British Dictionary definitions for tarantella

tarantella
/ (ˌtærənˈtɛlə) /

noun

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

Word Origin for tarantella

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