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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Recent Examples on the Web Eliminating institutional barriers and yet continuing to allow harassment is akin to welcoming a woman into an office filled with scorpions. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Decade of Enduring Male Fragility," 27 Dec. 2019 However, Cubs spokesperson Julian Green says the Epstein family moved out two weeks early due to a scorpion infestation at the house. Jesse Yomtov, USA TODAY, "Cubs president Theo Epstein involved in dog urine, scorpion lawsuit over rental property," 16 Oct. 2019 The Ladybug is then shown spinning a gameshow wheel that has several pictures on it: A ham, pumpkin, bridge, dog holding mail, gavel, scorpion, skull, police car, and baseball bat. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "Who is The Ladybug on 'The Masked Singer?' The Fans Have a Few Ideas," 27 Sep. 2019 On Thursday, a woman was stung by a scorpion while flying on a United flight from San Francisco to Atlanta. Claudia Harmata,, "United Airlines Passenger Stung by Scorpion That Reportedly Dropped Out of Her Pants Mid-Flight," 9 Dec. 2019 Although scorpions are more likely to live in deserts than 31,000 feet above the ground, the animals are known to occasionally disrupt flights. Tara Law, Time, "A United Airlines Passenger Was Stung by a Scorpion While in the Air," 8 Dec. 2019 This isn't the first time that a scorpion has made its way onto a flight without a ticket. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "Passenger has a nasty surprise on United Airlines flight: A scorpion stung her," 7 Dec. 2019 Zeus did away with Orion using the services of a giant scorpion, but that’s another story for another day. Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, "Skywatch: The hero of winter is on the rise," 17 Nov. 2019 Like the frog who allowed a scorpion to ride on his back, residents indulged politicians who begged for votes at the Board of Education, the County Council and the General Assembly. Lew Jan Olowski,, "Other Voices: Benefit of Howard redistricting plan just another fable," 30 Oct. 2019

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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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8 Jan 2020

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“Scorpion.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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


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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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