|—n , pl -las, -lae|
|1.||any of various large hairy mostly tropical spiders of the American family Theraphosidae|
|2.||a large hairy spider, Lycosa tarentula of S Europe, the bite of which was formerly thought to cause tarantism|
|[C16: from Medieval Latin, from Old Italian tarantola, from |
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.