pseu·​do·​scor·​pi·​on ˌsü-dō-ˈskȯr-pē-ən How to pronounce pseudoscorpion (audio)
: 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, 9 Aug. 2017 The ancient invertebrate retains segments along its abdomen, more like archaic forms of arachnids such as the pseudoscorpions. National Geographic, 30 Mar. 2016

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pseudoscorpion was in 1835

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“Pseudoscorpion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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