tarentism
Tarantism Tar"ant*ism, n. [It. tarantismo: cf. F. tarentisme. See {Tarantula}.] (Med.) A nervous affection producing melancholy, stupor, and an uncontrollable desire to dance. It was supposed to be produced by the bite of the tarantula, and considered to be incapable of cure except by protracted dancing to appropriate music. [Written also {tarentism}.] [1913 Webster]

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  • Tarentism — Tar ent*ism, n. See {Tarantism}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tarentism — /tar euhn tiz euhm/, n. tarantism. * * * tarentism variant of tarantism …   Useful english dictionary

  • tarentism — /tar euhn tiz euhm/, n. tarantism. * * * …   Universalium

  • Tarantism — Tar ant*ism, n. [It. tarantismo: cf. F. tarentisme. See {Tarantula}.] (Med.) A nervous affection producing melancholy, stupor, and an uncontrollable desire to dance. It was supposed to be produced by the bite of the tarantula, and considered to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tarantism — tarantist, n. /tar euhn tiz euhm/, n. a mania characterized by an uncontrollable impulse to dance, esp. as prevalent in southern Italy from the 15th to the 17th century, popularly attributed to the bite of the tarantula. Also, tarentism. Cf.… …   Universalium

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