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[skawr-pee-oh] /ˈskɔr piˌoʊ/
Astronomy. Scorpius.
  1. the eighth sign of the zodiac: the fixed water sign.
  2. a person born under this sign, usually between October 23rd and November 21st.
Origin of Scorpio
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin Scorpiō scorpion Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Scorpio is, like Aries, the house of Mars, 'and also his joy.'

    Myths and Marvels of Astronomy Richard A. Proctor
  • Mars has Aries for his day-house and Scorpio for his night-house.

  • Scorpio (the Scorpion) is one of the finest of the constellations.

    Letters on Astronomy Denison Olmsted
  • I do not know how far this system is represented in Limulus or Scorpio.

    The Origin of Vertebrates Walter Holbrook Gaskell
  • For this reason it is also said that when Scorpio rises Orion sets.

    The Ruins C. F. [Constantin Francois de] Volney
British Dictionary definitions for Scorpio


(astrology) Also called the Scorpion
  1. the eighth sign of the zodiac, symbol ♏, having a fixed water classification and ruled by the planet Mars and the dwarf planet Pluto. The sun is in this sign between about Oct 23 and Nov 21
  2. a person born during a period when the sun is in this sign
(astronomy) another name for Scorpius
(astrology) born under or characteristic of Scorpio
Also (for senses 1b, 3) Scorpionic (ˌskɔːpɪˈɒnɪk)
Word Origin
Latin: scorpion
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Scorpio

zodiacal constellation, late 14c., from Latin scorpio (poetic scorpius) "scorpion," also the zodiac constellation (see scorpion). The meaning "person born under or ruled by the sign of Scorpio" is recorded from 1968.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Scorpio in Science
Scorpius (skôr'pē-əs) or Scorpio
A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Libra and Sagittarius. Scorpius (the Scorpion) contains the bright star Antares and is the eighth sign of the zodiac.
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