Pronunciation: (tä'rän-tô; Eng. tär'un-tō", tar'-, tu-ran'tō), [key]
1. Ancient, Tarentum. a fortified seaport in SE Italy, on the Gulf of Taranto: founded by the Greeks in the 8th centuryb.c.;naval base. 244,249.
2. Gulf of, an arm of the Ionian Sea, in S Italy. 85 mi. (137 km) long.
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