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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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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“Scorpion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2022.

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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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