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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

(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.
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.
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