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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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


astrology born under or characteristic of Scorpio
Also (for senses 1b, 3): Scorpionic (ˌskɔːpɪˈɒnɪk)

Word Origin for Scorpio

Latin: scorpion
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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

scorpio in Science


[skôrpē-əs]Scorpio (skôrpē-ō′)

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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