scorpion

noun
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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Examples of scorpion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a world of unpredictable gusts, give the gift of peace of mind with a very useful paperweight like this actual black scorpion encased in crystal clear epoxy. Anastacia Uriegas, Chron, "Totally tacky Texas gifts for the Texan in your life," 17 Nov. 2020 The deathstalker is another highly venomous scorpion and is found in scrubland habitats from North Africa through the Middle East and Central Asia. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, "The 12 Deadliest Insects in the World," 19 Oct. 2020 Her current paintings for sale depict all the Zodiac signs—the scorpion for Scorpios, the crab for Cancers—smoking cigarettes, a cheeky detail that Tcha says is a play on astrology’s fixation between life and death. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "This Painter Uses Vintage Dior as Her Canvas," 15 Oct. 2020 Her face covering was lotería-inspired, with La Rosa (the rose) and La Alacrán (the scorpion) featured prominently. Scott Huddleston, ExpressNews.com, "‘What difference does it make if I vote? A lot’ — San Antonio voters turn out in force for Day Two of early balloting," 14 Oct. 2020 The bulky pincer-like front legs do resemble scorpion pincers, but this native moth is harmless. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "Garden Q&A: That’s not a scorpion, it’s a moth, and why some plants don’t grow," 10 Sep. 2020 The heads of more recent scorpion species are adorned with multiple rows of beady, pinprick eyes. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "World’s Oldest Scorpions May Have Moved From Sea to Land 437 Million Years Ago," 16 Jan. 2020 Now, new research is pushing the scorpion timeline further back than ever before and may help pinpoint the traits that helped these pint-sized predators make a living on land. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "World’s Oldest Scorpions May Have Moved From Sea to Land 437 Million Years Ago," 16 Jan. 2020 The Ladybug was 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 — all of which were clues to the singer's identity. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "Who Is The Ladybug on 'The Masked Singer?' The Fans Finally Know," 14 Nov. 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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“Scorpion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scorpion. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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scorpion

noun

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

scorpion

noun
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

scorpion

noun
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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