- a large, nonpoisonous whipscorpion, Mastigoproctus giganteus, of the southern U.S. and Mexico, which, when disturbed, emits a volatile fluid having a vinegary odor.
Origin of vinegarroon
1850–55, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish vinagrón, equivalent to Spanish vinagr(e) vinegar + -ón augmentative suffix
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- a large whip scorpion, Mastigoproctus giganteus, of the southwestern US and Mexico that emits a vinegary odour when alarmed
from Mexican Spanish vinagrón, from Spanish vinagre vinegar
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