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scorpion

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noun scor·pi·on \ˈskȯr-pē-ən\

Simple Definition of scorpion

  • : a small animal related to spiders that has two front claws and a curved tail with a poisonous stinger at the end

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of scorpion

  1. 1a :  any of an order (Scorpionida) of nocturnal arachnids that have an elongated body and a narrow segmented tail bearing a venomous stinger at the tipb capitalized :  scorpio

  2. 2 :  a scourge probably studded with metal

  3. 3 :  something that incites to action like the sting of an insect <the scorpions of absolute necessity — Arnold Bennett>

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Origin and Etymology of scorpion

Middle English, from Anglo-French eskorpiun, from Latin scorpion-, scorpio, from Greek skorpios


First Known Use: 12th century


SCORPION Defined for Kids

scorpion

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noun scor·pi·on \ˈskȯr-pē-ən\

Definition of scorpion for Students

  1. :  an animal related to the spiders that has a long jointed body ending in a slender tail with a poisonous stinger at the end




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scorpion

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noun scor·pi·on \ˈskȯr-pē-ən\

Medical Definition of scorpion

  1. :  any of an order (Scorpionida) of arachnids that have an elongated body and a narrow segmented tail bearing a venomous stinger at the tip



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