[ tuh-ran-chuh-luh ]
/ təˈræn tʃə lə /
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noun, plural ta·ran·tu·las, ta·ran·tu·lae [tuh-ran-chuh-lee]. /təˈræn tʃəˌli/.

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.
any of various related spiders.
a large wolf spider, Lycosa tarantula, of southern Europe, having a bite once thought to be the cause of tarantism.



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Origin of tarantula

1555–65; <Medieval Latin <Italian tarantola.See Taranto, -ule
tarantella, tarantula
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British Dictionary definitions for tarantula

/ (təˈræntjʊlə) /

noun plural -las or -lae (-ˌliː)

any of various large hairy mostly tropical spiders of the American family Theraphosidae
a large hairy spider, Lycosa tarentula of S Europe, the bite of which was formerly thought to cause tarantism
C16: from Medieval Latin, from Old Italian tarantola, from Taranto
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Medical definitions for tarantula

[ tə-rănchə-lə ]

n. pl. ta•ran•tu•las

Any of various large, hairy, chiefly tropical spiders of the family Theraphosidae, capable of inflicting a painful but not seriously poisonous bite.
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