Definitions for: Tarantella


[n] a lively whirling Italian dance for two persons
[n] music composed in six-eight time for dancing the tarantella



Webster (1913) Definition: Tar`an*tel"la, n. [It.] (Mus.)
(a) A rapid and delirious sort of Neapolitan dance in 6-8
time, which moves in whirling triplets; -- so called from
a popular notion of its being a remedy against the
poisonous bite of the tarantula. Some derive its name
from Taranto in Apulia.
(b) Music suited to such a dance.

Synonyms: tarantelle

See Also: ballroom music, dance music, danceroom music, social dancing

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