Meaning of tarantella

tar•an•tel•la

Pronunciation: (tar"un-tel'u), [key]
— n.
  1. a rapid, whirling southern Italian dance in very quick sextuple, originally quadruple, meter, usually performed by a single couple, and formerly supposed to be a remedy for tarantism.
  2. a piece of music either for the dance or in its rhythm.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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