Meaning of “tarantula” in the English Dictionary

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"tarantula" in British English

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tarantulanoun [ C ]

uk /təˈræn.tjə.lə/ us /təˈræn.tjə.lə/

any of various large spiders covered in hair, some of which have a poisonous bite

Examples from literature

  • The people watched on video as the different parts of the box were opened, allowing the tarantula to move closer to their foot. 

(Definition of “tarantula” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tarantula" in American English

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tarantulanoun [ C ]

us /təˈræn·tʃə·lə/

a type of large, hairy spider (= creature with eight legs), some of which have a painful bite

(Definition of “tarantula” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)