- Lycosa tarentula
- European wolf spider
Other Word Forms of Tarantula
Origin of Tarantula
Via Medieval Latin, from Old Italian tarantola, named after Taranto, a seaport in southern Italy; from Latin Tarentum, from Ancient Greek Τάρᾱς (Tarās) Tarās; compare Modern Greek: Τάραντας (Tárantas) Tarantas; Tarantino "Tarde;" ultimately from Illyrian darandos, "oak."
Medieval Latin from Old Italian tarantola after Taranto
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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