tarantist

tarantism

[tar-uhn-tiz-uhm]
noun
a mania characterized by an uncontrollable impulse to dance, especially as prevalent in southern Italy from the 15th to the 17th century, popularly attributed to the bite of the tarantula. Also, tarentism. Compare tarantula ( def 3 ).

Origin:
1630–40; < Neo-Latin tarantismus. See Taranto, -ism

tarantist, noun
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tarantism (ˈtærənˌtɪzəm)
 
n
a nervous disorder marked by uncontrollable bodily movement, widespread in S Italy during the 15th to 17th centuries: popularly thought to be caused by the bite of a tarantula
 
[C17: from New Latin tarantismus, from Taranto; see tarantula]

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