- any of numerous arachnids of the order Scorpionida, widely distributed in warmer parts of the world, having a long, narrow, segmented tail that terminates in a venomous sting.
- the Scorpion, Astronomy. Scorpius.
- any of various harmless lizards, especially the red- or orange-headed males of certain North American skinks.
- Bible. a whip or scourge that has spikes attached. I Kings 12:11.
Origin of scorpion
Examples from the Web for scorpion
This Israel-Hamas war feels different, neither turtle nor scorpion even pretending anymore about seeking peace.Is It Just Me or Is the World Exploding? So Why Isn’t Obama Doing More?
July 28, 2014
The group trekked for about 10 days trying out numerous plants before they found the right one: Scorpion Tail.
The process to fully distill the Scorpion Tail took three hours.
The scorpion, a Heterometrus spinifer, is completely edible, despite the arachnid being deadly if alive.Camel in a Can and 6 More Weird Canned Meats
January 5, 2014
Dominic Ware has a scorpion encased in resin on a string around his neck.Pushing for Justice at Walmart
December 16, 2013
May the words of love I've spoke be changed to scorpion stings!Farm Ballads
The man gave them a scorpion and said: “Put it behind the hearth in the kitchen.”The Chinese Fairy Book
Near the left hand ports; a little "north," lay the Scorpion.The Affair of the Brains
But if she saw a scorpion walking about in the fields, she would not kill it as we should.The Soul of a People
The star ι Libræ is about 20° northwest of Antares in the Scorpion.A Field Book of the Stars
William Tyler Olcott
- any arachnid of the order Scorpionida, of warm dry regions, having a segmented body with a long tail terminating in a venomous sting
- false scorpion any small nonvenomous arachnid of the order Pseudoscorpionida (or Chelonethida), which superficially resemble scorpions but lack the long tailSee book scorpion
- any of various other similar arachnids, such as the whip scorpion, or other arthropods, such as the water scorpion
- Old Testament a barbed scourge (I Kings 12:11)
- history a war engine for hurling stones; ballista
- the Scorpion the constellation Scorpio, the eighth sign of the zodiac
Word Origin and History for scorpion
c.1200, from Old French scorpion (12c.), from Latin scorpionem (nominative scorpio), extended form of scorpius, from Greek skorpios "a scorpion," from PIE root *(s)ker- "to cut" (see shear (v.)). The Spanish alacran "scorpion" is from Arabic al-'aqrab.