scorpion

noun scor·pi·on \ ˈskȯr-pē-ən \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of scorpion

1 a :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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Origin and Etymology of scorpion

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


SCORPION Defined for English Language Learners

scorpion

noun

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

scorpion

noun scor·pi·on \ ˈskȯr-pē-ən \

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 Dictionary

scorpion

noun scor·pi·on \ ˈskȯr-pē-ən \

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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