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  1. resembling a scorpion.
  2. belonging or pertaining to the Scorpionida, the order of arachnids comprising the scorpions.
  3. curved at the end like the tail of a scorpion.
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Origin of scorpioid

1830–40; < Latin scorpi(ō) scorpion + -oid
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Examples from the Web for scorpioid

Historical Examples

  • Diagram of a scorpioid cyme, with opposite leaves or bracts.

    The Elements of Botany

    Asa Gray

  • Scorpioid or Scorpioidal, curved or circinate at the end, 77.

  • Here there are scorpioid cymes of pairs of flowers, each pair consisting of an older and a younger flower.

British Dictionary definitions for scorpioid


  1. of, relating to, or resembling scorpions or the order (Scorpionida) to which they belong
  2. botany (esp of a cymose inflorescence) having the main stem coiled during development
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