whip scorpion

noun

: any of an order (Uropygi) of chiefly tropical arachnids somewhat resembling true scorpions but having a long slender caudal process and no sting

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The animal is known as a vinegaroon but is also referred to as the whip scorpion. Michael Hollan, Fox News, 21 July 2021 This was a harmless arachnid called an amblypygid, sometimes known as a whip spider or tailless whip scorpion, which was actually neither spider nor scorpion. Eric Boodman, Wired, 29 May 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of whip scorpion was circa 1890

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“Whip scorpion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whip%20scorpion. Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

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