Shall not hunger, which brings the wolf from the wood, also bring the tarantula out of her hole?
The young man leaped to his feet as if a tarantula had bitten him.
Ha, that is the tarantula dance; Maestro Paolo foots it bravely!
Good Indian shook off the touch as if it were a tarantula upon him.
The natives of the island hold the old tradition of the ancients, that one bitten by a tarantula will dance himself to death.
Mizgir, a venomous spider, like the tarantula, found in the Kirghiz Steppes.
I make a tarantula bite the leg of a young, well-fledged Sparrow, ready to leave the nest.
I write to tell you of my success with the tarantula in Young People No. 29.
I learn by inserting a straw that it is inhabited by a tarantula of a size suited to my plans.
"I will give you this tarantula, Bill," he said with an air of bestowing a great benefit.
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).
tarantula ta·ran·tu·la (tə-rān'chə-lə)
n. pl. ta·ran·tu·las or ta·ran·tu·lae (-lē')
Any of various large, hairy, chiefly tropical spiders of the family Theraphosidae, capable of inflicting a painful but not seriously poisonous bite.