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[ soo-doh-skawr-pee-uh n ]
/ ˌsu doʊˈskɔr pi ən /


any of several small arachnids of the order Chelonethida that resemble a tailless scorpion and that feed chiefly on small insects.

Nearby words

pseudoscarlatina, pseudoscience, pseudosclerosis, pseudoscope, pseudoscopy, pseudoscorpion, pseudosentence, pseudosmia, pseudosolution, pseudosphere, pseudostrabismus

Origin of pseudoscorpion

1825–35; < New Latin Pseudoscorpionidae former name of the group; see pseudo-, scorpion
Also called book scorpion. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pseudoscorpion

  • A fly (Musca domestica) lit on the pane and the pseudoscorpion caught its legs and clung while the fly crawled about.

    Journal of Entomology and Zoology: Volume 6, Number 4, December 1914|Various
  • Professor Hilton recently sent me a pseudoscorpion taken on the beach near water, which proves to belong to the genus Atemnus.