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a terrestrial arachnid with lobsterlike pincers and a poisonous sting at the end of its jointed tail, which it can hold curved over the back. Most kinds live in tropical and subtropical areas. used in names of other arachnids and insects resembling a scorpion, e.g., false scorpion, water scorpion.
) the zodiacal sign Scorpio or the constellation Scorpius.
) literary a whip with metal points.
[with allusion to 1 Kings 12:11]