Tarantella definitions

tăr'ən-tĕl'ə
A lively, whirling southern Italian dance in 6/8 time, once thought to be a remedy for tarantism.
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The music for this dance.
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A fast, whirling S Italian dance for couples, in 6/8 time.
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Music for this.
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A rapid dance in 6/8 time, originating in Italy, or a piece of music for such a dance.
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Origin of tarantella

From Italian tarantella, a diminutive of Taranto, a town in southern Italy (but popularly associated with tarantola "˜tarantula', on the belief that the dance was variously a result of, or cure for, its bite).