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TARA’NTULA. n.s.

TARA'NTULA. n.s.

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

To TA’NTALIZE. v.a.

To TA'NTALIZE. v.a.

To TA’NTALIZE. v.a. [from Tantalus, whose punishment
was to starve among fruits and water which he could not
touch.] To torment by the shew of pleasures which cannot
be reached.
Thy vain desires, at strife
Within themselves, have tantaliz’d thy life. Dryden.
The maid once sped was not suffered to tantalize the male
part of the commonwealth. Addison.