tarantula

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Good Indian shook off the touch as if it were a tarantula upon him.

It didn't take me long to find that my mine was the 'Tarantula.'

Two hours later they were again on the Tarantula making for Hobart.

There were many scorpions and centipedes, with once in a while a tarantula.

Mizgir, a venomous spider, like the Tarantula, found in the Kirghiz Steppes.

It is supposed to cure the bite of the tarantula, hence the furious tempo.

Ha, that is the Tarantula dance; Maestro Paolo foots it bravely!

The young man leaped to his feet as if a tarantula had bitten him.

I write to tell you of my success with the tarantula in Young People No. 29.

This is what Dick Adams dreamed that a tarantula said to him.

WORD ORIGIN

1560s, "wolf spider," (Lycos tarantula), from Medieval Latin tarantula, from Italian tarantola, from Taranto "Taranto," seaport city in southern Italy in the region where the spiders are frequently found, from Latin Tarentum, from Greek Taras (genitive Tarantos; perhaps from Illyrian darandos "oak"). Its bite is only slightly poisonous. Popularly applied to other great hairy spiders, especially the genus Mygale, native to the warmer regions of the Americas (first so called in 1794).

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