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tarantella (It.), tarantelle (Fr.). Neapolitan dance in 6/8 time which probably takes its name from Taranto, in the heel of Italy, or from a spider common there, the tarantula, whose bite is mildly poisonous. The music is of great rapidity with an approach to the perpetuum mobile. The saltarello is a similar type. Chopin, Rossini, Liszt, and Mendelssohn are among composers who have used the tarantella in their works.

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tarantella rapid whirling S. Italian dance. XVIII. — It., dim. formation on Taranto name of a town in Apulia, Italy (the ancient Tarentum). The dance was popularly supposed to be a remedy for tarantism hysterical malady characterized by an impulse to dance (XVII), f. Taranto; the malady itself was pop. attributed to the bite of the tarantula.

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tarantella (târ´əntĕl´ə), Neapolitan folk dance that first appeared in Taranto, Italy, in the 17th cent. It had rapid 6–8 meter with an increasing tempo and was thought to cure the bite of the tarantula (Lycosa tarantula, a wolf spider), which supposedly caused the disease tarantism. Chopin, Liszt, Weber, and others used the dance in the form of a perpetuum mobile.

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tar·an·tel·la / ˌtarənˈtelə/ (also tar·an·telle / -ˈtel/ ) • n. a rapid whirling dance originating in southern Italy. ∎  a piece of music written in fast 6/8 time in the style of this dance.

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tarantella a rapid whirling dance originating in southern Italy. The word comes (in the late 18th century) from Italian, from the name of the seaport Taranto; so named because it was thought to be a cure for tarantism, the victim dancing the tarantella until exhausted.

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