water scorpion


: any of numerous aquatic bugs (family Nepidae) with the end of the abdomen prolonged by a long breathing tube

Examples of water scorpion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The package comes with a cicada, a cockroach, a Japanese beetle, a water scorpion and an assassin bug for your amateur entomologists. Good Housekeeping, 18 Nov. 2022 Later in the segment, when faced with ranking the solo music careers of his former boy band mates, Styles again declined to answer, this time having to stomach a bite of giant water scorpion. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, 11 Dec. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1668, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of water scorpion was in 1668

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“Water scorpion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20scorpion. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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