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scorpion

noun scor·pi·on \ˈskr-pē-ən\

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

Full Definition of SCORPION

1
a :  any of an order (Scorpionida) of nocturnal arachnids that have an elongated body and a narrow segmented tail bearing a venomous stinger at the tip
b capitalized :  scorpio
2
:  a scourge probably studded with metal
3
:  something that incites to action like the sting of an insect <the scorpions of absolute necessity — Arnold Bennett>

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Origin 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

noun scor·pi·on \ˈskr-pē-ən\

Definition of SCORPION for Kids

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

scorpion

noun scor·pi·on \ˈskr-pē-ən\

Medical Definition of SCORPION

:  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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July 04, 2015
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