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Word of the Day 6/1/14 Tarantism

Tarantism (noun)
tar·ant·ism [tar-uhn-tiz-uhm]


noun
a mania characterized by an uncontrollable impulse to dance, especially as prevalent in southern Italy from the 15th to the 17th century, popularly attributed to the bite of the tarantula.

Also, tarentism. Compare tarantula.

Origin: 1630–40; < Neo-Latin tarantismus. See Taranto, -ism

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