Definition of scorpion in English:

scorpion

Syllabification: scor·pi·on
Pronunciation: /ˈskôrpēən
 
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noun

  • 1A 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.
    • Order Scorpiones
    More example sentences
    • As the frog struggles against the current with the scorpion on his back, he suddenly feels the piercing sting of the scorpion's tail.
    • Some of the more poisonous scorpions lived in the deserts of Egypt.
    • A few yards away, a South African officer has found one of the small but highly poisonous scorpions which infest the area.
  • 1.1Used in names of other arachnids and insects resembling a scorpion, e.g., false scorpion, water scorpion.
  • 1.2 (the Scorpion) The zodiacal sign Scorpio or the constellation Scorpius.
  • 1.3 (scorpions) • literary A whip with metal points.
    [with allusion to 1 Kings 12:11]

Origin

Middle English: via Old French from Latin scorpio(n-), based on Greek skorpios 'scorpion'.

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