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tar·an·tel·la

 (tăr′ən-tĕl′ə)
n.
1. A lively, whirling southern Italian dance in 6/8 time, once thought to be a remedy for tarantism.
2. The music for this dance.

[Italian, after Taranto.]
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tarantella

(ˌtærənˈtɛlə)
n
1. (Dancing) a peasant dance from S Italy
2. (Music, other) a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance, in fast six-eight time
[C18: from Italian, from Taranto Taranto; associated with tarantism]
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tar•an•tel•la

(ˌtær ənˈtɛl ə)

n., pl. -las.
1. a rapid, whirling dance of S Italy in 6/8 time.
2. music in the rhythm of a tarantella.
[1775–85; < Italian, =Tarant(o) Taranto + -ella -elle]
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tarantella

Believed to have originated in the Italian town of Taranto in southern Italy, it is a swift. whirling dance executed by two people to music in 6/8 time.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tarantella - music composed in six-eight time for dancing the tarantellatarantella - music composed in six-eight time for dancing the tarantella
dance music - music to dance to
2.tarantella - a lively whirling Italian dance for two persons
social dancing - dancing as part of a social occasion
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Translations

tarantella

[ˌtærənˈtelə] Ntarantela f
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tarantella

nTarantella f
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References in classic literature ?
The set in which they found themselves was composed of English, and Amy was compelled to walk decorously through a cotillion, feeling all the while as if she could dance the tarantella with relish.
In the music world, however, the myth of the tarantula is allowed to perpetuate through the classical compositions of greats like Liszt, Chopin and Rossini who all wrote upbeat arrangements for the folk-dancing tarantellas of the time.
The audience joined the seductive Belladonna, who led a dance and band playing tangos, tarantellas and rumbas along the high street en route to its conclusion on the riverside, rounding off four fantastic days of world class street theatre.