Definition of scorpion in English:

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scorpion

Pronunciation: /ˈskôrpēən/

noun

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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.
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'.

Words that rhyme with scorpion

Scorpian

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Syllabification: scor·pi·on

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