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tarantula

[ tuh-ran-chuh-luh ]

noun

, plural ta·ran·tu·las, ta·ran·tu·lae [t, uh, -, ran, -ch, uh, -lee].
  1. any of several large, hairy spiders of the family Theraphosidae, as Aphonopelma chalcodes, of the southwestern U.S., having a painful but not highly venomous bite.
  2. any of various related spiders.
  3. a large wolf spider, Lycosa tarantula, of southern Europe, having a bite once thought to be the cause of tarantism.


tarantula

/ təˈræntjʊlə /

noun

  1. any of various large hairy mostly tropical spiders of the American family Theraphosidae
  2. a large hairy spider, Lycosa tarentula of S Europe, the bite of which was formerly thought to cause tarantism


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Word History and Origins

Origin of tarantula1

1555–65; < Medieval Latin < Italian tarantola. See Taranto, -ule

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Word History and Origins

Origin of tarantula1

C16: from Medieval Latin, from Old Italian tarantola, from Taranto

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Example Sentences

It’s the first time in 104 years that anyone has turned up a new genus of tarantula in Asia, the researchers say.

Different types of tarantulas have clear differences in the size and shape of those organs.

This massive group of tube-like creatures is known for mooching off plants, insects, and humans—but not so much tarantulas.

Because the spiders have learned not to eat these species, those lucky frogs have learned that hanging out around tarantulas is safe.

“Often a tarantula tries to catch the snake by the head and will hold on in spite of all efforts of the snake to shake him off,” says Nyffeler.

The tarantula, like many other members of the spider family, is an expert in the making of burrows.

The Tarantula is in her own house, with all its conveniences; every nook and corner of the bastion is familiar to her.

The natives of the island hold the old tradition of the ancients, that one bitten by a tarantula will dance himself to death.

Have you ever seen, by-the-bye, that extraordinary Highland tarantula called the reel of Tullich?

The tarantula spider is a relation of the six-footed farmers, you should know, although he is not an insect himself.

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