Definition of scorpion in English:

scorpion

Line breaks: scor|pion
Pronunciation: /ˈskɔːpɪən
 
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noun

1A terrestrial arachnid which has lobster-like pincers and a poisonous sting at the end of its jointed tail, which it can hold curved over its 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 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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