Tarántula. n.s. [Italian; tarentule, French.] An insect whose bite is only cured by musick.
This word, lover, did no less pierce poor Pyrocles than the right tune of musick toucheth him that is sick of the tarantula. Sidney.
He that uses the word tarantula, without having any idea of what it stands for, means nothing at all by it. Locke.