noun, plural ta·ran·tu·las, ta·ran·tu·lae [tuh-ran-chuh-lee] /təˈræn tʃəˌli/.
- tarantula nebula,
- tararua biscuit,
Origin of tarantula
Examples from the Web for tarantula
With an upward leap, the Tarantula grabs him before he can rise.
It was the brown hunting-spider, the American tarantula (Mygale Hentzii).The Mad Planet|Murray Leinster
One of the boy correspondents of Young People asked if we had ever seen a tarantula, or California spider.
On the 1st of October, I once more deserted the Tarantula, leaving him without provisions.The Life of the Spider|J. Henri Fabre
This proves that the Tarantula has great patience, for the burrow has nothing that can serve to attract victims.
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).