<zoology> Any one of several species of large spiders, popularly supposed to be very venomous, especially the European species (Tarantula apuliae). The tarantulas of Texas and adjacent countries are large species of Mygale.
Alternative forms: tarentula
Origin: NL, fr. It. Tarantola, fr. L. Tarentum, now Taranto, in the south of Italy.
(26 Nov 1998)
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