vinegarroon

noun vin·e·gar·roon \ˌvinigəˈrün, -nēg-, -ˈrōn\

Definition of vinegarroon

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  1. :  a large whip scorpion (Mastigoproctus giganteus) of the southern U.S. and Mexico that emits a vinegary odor when disturbed and is inaccurately held to be very venomous

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Origin and Etymology of vinegarroon

Mexican Spanish vinagrón, augmentative of Spanish vinagre vinegar, from Old Spanish, from Old French vinaigre — more at vinegar


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