noun, plural ta·ran·tu·las, ta·ran·tu·lae [tuh-ran-chuh-lee] /təˈræn tʃəˌli/.
Origin of tarantula
Examples from the Web for tarantula
Historical Examples of tarantula
Good Indian shook off the touch as if it were a tarantula upon him.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
It didn't take me long to find that my mine was the 'Tarantula.'The Vagrant Duke
Two hours later they were again on the Tarantula making for Hobart.Australia Revenged
There were many scorpions and centipedes, with once in a while a tarantula.The Forbidden Trail
Mizgir, a venomous spider, like the Tarantula, found in the Kirghiz Steppes.Russian Fairy Tales
W. R. S. Ralston
noun plural -las or -lae (-ˌliː)
Word Origin for tarantula
1560s, "wolf spider," (Lycos tarantula), from Medieval Latin tarantula, from Italian tarantola, from Taranto "Taranto," seaport city in southern Italy in the region where the spiders are frequently found, from Latin Tarentum, from Greek Taras (genitive Tarantos; perhaps from Illyrian darandos "oak"). Its bite is only slightly poisonous. Popularly applied to other great hairy spiders, especially the genus Mygale, native to the warmer regions of the Americas (first so called in 1794).