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Scorpio

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/ ˈskɔr piˌoʊ /
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noun
Astronomy. Scorpius.
Astrology.
  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.
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Origin of Scorpio

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin Scorpiōscorpion
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What does Scorpio mean?

Scorpio is the name of a constellation that is interpreted as representing a scorpion. It is also called Scorpius or The Scorpion.

A constellation is a group of stars that appear near each other in the sky—especially a group that has been given a name. Scorpio is considered one of the 12 zodiacal constellations—constellations that appear within a particular portion of the sky called the zodiac.

In astronomy, the zodiac is the band of sky along which the paths of the sun, the moon, and the planets appear to move.

Despite its basis in astronomy, the word zodiac is mainly associated with and most often used in the context of astrology, the nonscientific practice in which the positions of heavenly bodies at certain times are thought to influence or be correlated with human behavior and events. In astrology, zodiac refers to a diagram (often a circular one) representing the zodiac belt and showing the symbols associated with each of the 12 constellations or sections, which are called the signs of the zodiac. Scorpio is one of these signs. It is situated between Libra and Sagittarius and is considered the eighth sign of the zodiac.

The other signs of the zodiac are Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces.

The position of the sun in a particular portion of the zodiac at the moment of a person’s birth is thought to correlate with their personality. This is what people are referring to when they talk about their zodiac sign (or star sign or often just sign). People whose sign is Scorpio are those born between October 23 and November 21.

The word Scorpio can be used as a noun to refer to someone who is born during this time, as in I was born in early November, so I’m a Scorpio. The word Scorpionic can be used to mean the same thing. It can also be used as an adjective form of Scorpio.

Example: I’m a Scorpio, so people assume I’m a jerk, but that’s just a stereotype.

Scorpio dates

People with the sign Scorpio are traditionally considered to be those born in the range of October 23–November 21. However, interpretations vary.

Where does Scorpio come from?

The first records of Scorpio come from the 1300s. It comes from the Latin word scorpiō meaning scorpion.

Scorpio is associated with the myth or Orion, who was said to have been killed by a scorpion. The constellations Scorpio and Orion are opposite one another, and Orion is said to flee as Scorpio rises in the sky.

In astrology, the different signs of the zodiac are thought to be associated with certain personality traits. Traits associated with Scorpio include tenaciousness and envy. Scorpio and the other signs of the zodiac are often used in the context of a person’s horoscope. The word horoscope can refer to a diagram of the heavens that maps the relative position of planets and the signs of the zodiac. It can also refer to a prediction based (or said to be based) on a person’s sign and the location of other celestial bodies at the time they were born.

Get more insight into what really defines a Scorpio by visiting our article on the many traits of Scorpio.

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What are some other forms related to Scorpio?

What are some synonyms for Scorpio?

  • Scorpius (in reference to the constellation)
  • The Scorpion (in reference to the constellation)

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How is Scorpio used in real life?

The word Scorpio is used to refer to the constellation and the sign of the zodiac associated with. In the context of astrology, people associate a number of different traits with the sign Scorpio.

 

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British Dictionary definitions for Scorpio

Scorpio
/ (ˈskɔːpɪˌəʊ) /

noun
Also called: the Scorpion astrology
  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
adjective
astrology born under or characteristic of Scorpio
Also (for senses 1b, 3): Scorpionic (ˌskɔːpɪˈɒnɪk)

Word Origin for Scorpio

Latin: scorpion
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