scor·​pi·​on | \ˈskȯr-pē-ən \

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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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 Ever been stung by a scorpion or accidentally swallowed too much toothpaste? Kelsey Mo, azcentral, "Top 5 calls to Poison Control and what the hotline advises you should do," 18 June 2018 The sides had met in a friendly three years before, in a game best remembered for Rene Higuita’s famous scorpion kick save., "World Cup Preview: Colombia vs England - Recent Form, Previous Encounters, Predictions & More," 2 July 2018 Names like Draculoides bramstokeri, a cave-dwelling relative of spiders; or the tiny, harmless pseudo-scorpion Tyrannochthonius rex; or Hebejeebie, the name that botanists simply couldn’t resist when a new genus was separated from Hebe. Kevin Thiele, Smithsonian, "Why Scientists Name Species," 28 Apr. 2018 The tents are crawling with bugs and scorpions, and the heat is often well above 100 degrees in the afternoon. Hwaida Saad, New York Times, "Memories Lost and Futures on Hold: A Look Inside a Camp for Syria’s Displaced," 11 July 2018 Squatters, scorpions and scorching temperatures — oh my! Sophie Dodd,, "The Next Chip and Jo? HGTV's Desert Flippers Put Family Over Fame and Stay Grounded in Faith," 10 July 2018 My second Backyard collection is what people tend to know me for; that started with a few insects and then the whole family came: worms, walking sticks, crickets, scorpions, beetles. Ingrid Schmidt, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'Jurassic Park' Inspired Hollywood Jewelry Designer Daniela Villegas," 23 May 2018 Tyrion looks over the battlefield as Bronn shoots the scorpion. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 4: 11 Things to Know About "The Spoils of War"," 7 Aug. 2017

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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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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 \

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 \

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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