Definition of tarantula noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//təˈræntʃələ//
; NAmE NAmE//təˈræntʃələ//
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a large spider covered with hair that lives in hot countries. Some types of tarantula have a poisonous bite. See related entries: Invertebrates Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from medieval Latin, from Old Italian tarantola ‘tarantula’, from the name of the seaport Taranto in SE Italy.
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