family Theraphosidae

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: Theraphosidae - large tropical spiders; tarantulas
arthropod family - any of the arthropods
tarantula - large hairy tropical spider with fangs that can inflict painful but not highly venomous bites
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tarantula Any of various large, hairy, chiefly tropical spiders of the family Theraphosidae and capable of inflicting a painful but not seriously venomous bite.
Members of the family Theraphosidae are usually large and long-lived and in the last decades they have become popular as pets in many countries.
The family Theraphosidae is widespread in tropical and subtropical regions of the world, but the biology of theraphosid spiders is poorly known.