[ tar-uhn-tiz-uhm ]
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
Mid 17th century; Italian From Italian tarantismo, from the name of the seaport Taranto, after which the tarantula is also named. Compare with tarantella.
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a mania characterized by an uncontrollable impulse to dance, especially as prevalent in southern Italy from the 15th to the 17th century, popularly attributed to the bite of the tarantula
The young boy broke into dance every chance he could. It was as if he was suffering from tarantism!
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