[ waw-ter-skawr-pee-uh n, wot-er- ]
/ ˈwɔ tərˌskɔr pi ən, ˈwɒt ər- /


any of several predaceous aquatic bugs of the family Nepidae, having clasping front legs and a long respiratory tube at the rear of the abdomen: capable of biting if handled.

Origin of waterscorpion

First recorded in 1675–85; water + scorpion
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