scor·​pi·​on | \ ˈskȯr-pē-ən How to pronounce scorpion (audio) \

Definition of scorpion

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 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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In São Paulo, a 2010 fire at the Instituto Butantan destroyed one of the world’s largest collections of snakes, scorpions and other specimens. Paulo Trevisani, WSJ, "A Symbol of Brazil’s Indifference to History," 7 Sep. 2018 Someone else has just tried smoking a scorpion’s tail. Horatio Clare, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why You Should Go to Belize Now," 21 Dec. 2018 Madeline Relph fell in love with a gold scorpion pendant handed down to her boyfriend, Jye Taylor, by his great-grandfather. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Mercii Is the Bali-Based Label Making Star-Sign Necklaces for the Instagram Age," 7 Dec. 2018 From alkali flats to scorpions to the cholla cactus that seems to actually leap onto passersby, Nevada is not for the faint of heart. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Fox News Power Rankings: Dean Heller, survivalist," 19 Sep. 2018 Corrections: credit on the marinara and cost of scorpions were in error. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Ars eats more bugs, finds a few we like," 30 Sep. 2018 Warning: The trailer features a horde of scorpions piled into a large fig. Zoe Harris, Marie Claire, "The 'American Horror Story: Apocalypse' Trailer Is Finally Here and Creepy as Hell," 6 Aug. 2018 Similar to scorpions today, the bug also had a whip-like tail, unlike modern spiders. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Ancient arachnid: 100-million-year-old spider found trapped in amber," 5 Feb. 2018 The only thing that can fix your creepy scorpion problem is fire. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "This Critter Catcher Has The Most Hilarious Q&As On Amazon," 30 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of scorpion

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for scorpion

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

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The first known use of scorpion was in the 12th century

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English Language Learners 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


scor·​pi·​on | \ ˈskȯr-pē-ən How to pronounce scorpion (audio) \

Kids Definition of scorpion

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


scor·​pi·​on | \ ˈskȯr-pē-ən How to pronounce scorpion (audio) \

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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