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 tipb 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
Recent Examples of scorpion from the Web
The Scorpions placed eighth overall on the 2A girl’s side with Lackey (113), Hereford (64.5), Randallstown (45), South Carroll (44) and Harford Tech (34) rounding out the top five.
The Arkansas basket maker Leon Niehues is represented by 13 vessels and exquisite sculptures involving thorns that have a delicate, scorpion menace.
Radioactive Scorpion Venom Synthesize the venom of the deadly yellow Israeli scorpion, attach a radioactive substance called iodine-131, and inject it into patients with inoperable brain cancer.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'scorpion'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Origin and Etymology of scorpion
Middle English, from Anglo-French eskorpiun, from Latin scorpion-, scorpio, from Greek skorpios
First Known Use: 12th centurySee Words from the same year
SCORPION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of scorpion for English Language Learners
: a small animal related to spiders that has two front claws and a curved tail with a poisonous stinger at the end
SCORPION Defined for Kids
Definition of scorpion for Students
: 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 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
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up scorpion? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).