pseudoscorpion

noun
pseu·​do·​scor·​pi·​on | \ ˌsü-dō-ˈskȯr-pē-ən How to pronounce pseudoscorpion (audio) \

Definition of pseudoscorpion

: any of a widely distributed order (Pseudoscorpionida synonym Pseudoscorpiones) of tiny arachnids that have no caudal stinger and feed on tiny invertebrates (such as insects and mites)

Examples of pseudoscorpion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Paula Cushing, an evolutionary biologist who studies solifugids at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, says some research suggests the animals are most closely related to pseudoscorpions, while other work links solifugids to a group of mites. Jason Bittel, Smithsonian, "Camel Spiders Are Fast, Furious and Horrifically Fascinating," 9 Aug. 2017 The ancient invertebrate retains segments along its abdomen, more like archaic forms of arachnids such as the pseudoscorpions. National Geographic, "Creepy New Fossil Shows the Dawn of Spiders," 30 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of pseudoscorpion

1835, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pseudoscorpion

New Latin Pseudoscorpiones, from pseud- + Latin scorpion-, scorpio scorpion

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“Pseudoscorpion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pseudoscorpion. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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