tarantula

(redirected from wolf spider)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

tarantula

 [tah-ran´tu-lah]
a large hairy venomous spider; although its bite is painful, it is seldom dangerous. See also spider bite.

ta·ran·tu·la

(tă-ran'chū-lă),
A large, hairy spider, considered highly venomous and often greatly feared; the bite, however, is usually no more harmful than a bee sting, and the creature is relatively inoffensive. See: tarantism.

tarantula

/ta·ran·tu·la/ (tah-ran´chu-lah) a venomous spider whose bite causes local inflammation and pain, usually not to a severe extent, including Eurypelma hentzii (American t.), Sericopelma communis (black t.) of Panama, and Lycosa tarentula (European wolf spider).

tarantula

(tə-răn′chə-lə)
n. pl. tarantu·las or tarantu·lae (-lē′)
1. Any of various large hairy spiders chiefly of the family Theraphosidae, capable of inflicting a bite that is painful but usually not dangerous to humans.
2. A large wolf spider (Lycosa tarentula) of southern Europe, once thought to cause tarantism.

tarantula

[təran′chələ]
a popular name for any of a number of species of large, hairy spiders. Although potentially poisonous, most are relatively harmless to humans. A bite by some species may produce an area of superficial skin destruction and may cause allergic reaction.
Entomology A large hairy spider, mostly of the family Theraphosidae. Their leg hair causes irritation and rashes; the bite of the Peruvian tarantula, Glyptocranium gasteracanthoides, is poisonous and may cause local ischaemia and gangrene, and evoke haematuria. See Arachnid injuries
Homeopathy A remedy prepared from tarantula parts, used for mental and physical hyperactivity, respiratory complaints, headaches, cardiovascular disease, anginal pain See Homeopathy
Vox populi Tarantulas can be kept as pets.

Tarantula

Lycosa tarantula, wolf spider Entomology A popular, much maligned and relatively harmless Grade B Movie prop. See Arachnid injuries.

ta·ran·tu·la

(tăr-an'chū-lă)
A large, hairy spider, considered highly venomous and often greatly feared; in fact, however, the bite is usually no more harmful than a bee sting.

tarantula

References in periodicals archive ?
While wolf spiders in general are known for their sharp eyesight, the Kauai wolf spider is eyeless, relying exclusively on touch--its sensitive hairs allow it to track prey.
55 percent of ingested nicotine to create smoker's breath strong enough to fend off attacking wolf spiders, the researchers report December 30 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Australian wolf spiders are scary-looking and can give you a nasty bite, but they aren't venomous.
Female choice for male drumming in the wolf spider Hygrolycosa rubrofasciata.
The semi-aquatic wolf spider, Pirata sedentarius was commonly collected at this site.
Strong evidence for density-dependent mortality exists in this species of wolf spider (Reed et al.
Good mothers: The female wolf spider produces an egg sac, which she attaches to her abdomen.
THE wolf spider can remember other spiders for up to three weeks.
The female senses a male wolf spider trying to seduce her.
For example, the lynx spider Oxyopes salticus and wolf spider Trochosa parthenus, are capable of detecting odors associated with insect prey species, and will choose substrates associated with the odor of these insects over those that do not (Punzo 2002; Punzo & Kukoyi 1997).
A WOLF spider, which pounces on its prey, has been discovered in Scotland for the first time.
The original wolf spider known by the name tarantula was believed to have a bite that caused a hysteria called tarantism.