noun, plural tarantulas, tarantulae
[tuh-ran-chuh-lee] /təˈræn tʃəˌli/ (Show IPA)
any of several large, hairy spiders of the family Theraphosidae, as Aphonopelma chalcodes, of the southwestern U.S., having a painful but not highly venomous bite.
any of various related spiders.
a large wolf spider, Lycosa tarantula, of southern Europe, having a bite once thought to be the cause of tarantism.
noun (pl) -las, -lae (-ˌliː)
any of various large hairy mostly tropical spiders of the American family Theraphosidae
a large hairy spider, Lycosa tarentula of S Europe, the bite of which was formerly thought to cause tarantism

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.


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