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a large hairy venomous spider; although its bite is painful, it is seldom dangerous. See also spider bite.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
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.
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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.
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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.
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TarantulaLycosa tarantula, wolf spider Entomology A popular, much maligned and relatively harmless Grade B Movie prop. See Arachnid injuries.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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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