tarantula

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See also: tarántula and tarântula

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Etymology[edit]

Via Medieval Latin, from Old Italian tarantola, named after Taranto, a seaport in southern Italy; from Latin Tarentum, from Ancient Greek Τάρᾱς(Tárās, Tarās); compare Modern Greek: Τάραντας(Tárantas, Tarantas) ; Tarantino Tarde; ultimately from Illyrian darandos(oak)

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A tarantula (Brachypelma smithii)

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  • IPA(key): /təˌɹænt͡ʃələ/

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tarantula ‎(plural tarantulas or tarantulae)

  1. A species of wolf spider, Lycosa tarantula.
  2. A "true tarantula", consisting of large, hairy spiders comprising the family Theraphosidae.
  3. A member of several other groups of spiders, generally characterized by large size, hairiness, or close relation to family Theraphosidae.

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