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Webster 1913 Edition


Scorpion

Scor′pi-on

,
Noun.
[F., fr. L.
scorpio
,
scorpius
, Gr. [GREEK], perhaps akin to E.
sharp
.]
1.
(Zool.)
Any one of numerous species of pulmonate arachnids of the order
Scorpiones
, having a suctorial mouth, large claw-bearing palpi, and a caudal sting.
☞ Scorpions have a flattened body, and a long, slender post-abdomen formed of six movable segments, the last of which terminates in a curved venomous sting. The venom causes great pain, but is unattended either with redness or swelling, except in the axillary or inguinal glands, when an extremity is affected. It is seldom if ever destructive of life. Scorpions are found widely dispersed in the warm climates of both the Old and New Worlds.
2.
(Zool.)
The pine or gray lizard (
Sceloporus undulatus
).
[Local, U. S.]
3.
(Zool.)
The scorpene.
4.
(Script.)
A painful scourge.
My father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with
scorpions
.
1 Kings xii. 11.
5.
(Astron.)
A sign and constellation. See
Scorpio
.
6.
(Antiq.)
An ancient military engine for hurling stones and other missiles.
Book scorpion
.
(Zool.)
See under
Book
.
False scorpion
.
(Zool.)
See under
False
, and
Book scorpion
.
Scorpion bug
, or
Water scorpion
(Zool.)
See
Nepa
.
Scorpion fly
(Zool.)
,
a neuropterous insect of the genus
Panorpa
. See
Panorpid
.
Scorpion grass
(Bot.)
,
a plant of the genus
Myosotis
.
Myosotis palustris
is the
forget-me-not
.
Scorpion senna
(Bot.)
,
a yellow-flowered leguminous shrub (
Coronilla Emerus
) having a slender joined pod, like a scorpion’s tail. The leaves are said to yield a dye like indigo, and to be used sometimes to adulterate senna.
Scorpion shell
(Zool.)
,
any shell of the genus Pteroceras. See
Pteroceras
.
Scorpion spiders
.
(Zool.)
,
any one of the Pedipalpi.
Scorpion's tail
(Bot.)
,
any plant of the leguminous genus
Scorpiurus
, herbs with a circinately coiled pod; – also called
caterpillar
.
Scorpion's thorn
(Bot.)
,
a thorny leguminous plant (
Genista Scorpius
) of Southern Europe.
The Scorpion's Heart
(Astron.)
,
the star Antares in the constellation Scorpio.

Webster 1828 Edition


Scorpion

SCOR'PION

,
Noun.
[L. scorpio; Gr. probably altered from the Oriental.]
1.
In zoology, an insect of the genus Scorpio, or rather the genus itself, containing several species, natives of southern or warm climates. This animal has eight feet, two claws in front, eight eyes, three on each side of the thorax and two on the back, and a long jointed tail ending in a pointed weapon or sting. It is found in the south of Europe, where it seldom exceeds four inches in length. In tropical climates, it grows to a foot in length, and resembles a lobster. The sting of this animal is sometimes fatal to life.
2.
In Scripture, a painful scourge; a kind of whip armed with points like a scorpion's tail. 1Kings 12.
Malicious and crafty men, who delight in injuring others, are compared to scorpions. Ezek. 2.
3.
In astronomy, the eighth sign of the zodiac, which the sun enters, Oct. 23.
4.
A sea fish. [L. scorpius.]
Water scorpion, an aquatic insect of the genus Nepa.

Definition 2022


Scorpion

Scorpion

See also: scorpion

English

The constellation Scorpio(n)

Noun

Scorpion (plural Scorpions)

  1. Someone with the Scorpio star sign

Adjective

Scorpion (not comparable)

  1. (astrology) of, or pertaining to, the Scorpio star sign

French

Etymology

From Latin scorpio 'scorpion'

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /skɔʁ.pjɔ̃/

Proper noun

Scorpion m

  1. (astrology) The celestial constellation Scorpio
  2. (astronomy) The zodiac sign Scorpio

Anagrams


Romanian

The constellation Scorpion

Etymology

From French scorpion, from Latin scorpio 'scorpion'

Proper noun

Scorpion

  1. Scorpio (constellation)


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scorpion

scorpion

See also: Scorpion

English

A Black Scorpion (probably Androctonus sp.)

Alternative forms

Noun

scorpion (plural scorpions)

  1. Any of various arachnids of the order Scorpiones, related to the spiders, characterised by two large front pincers and a curved tail with a poisonous sting in the end.
  2. An ancient military engine for hurling stones and other missiles.

Translations

See also

Derived terms


French

Pronunciation

Noun

scorpion m (plural scorpions)

  1. scorpion

Anagrams


Norman

Etymology

From Old French scorpion, from Latin scorpiō, scorpiōnem, from Ancient Greek σκορπίος (skorpíos).

Noun

scorpion m (plural scorpions)

  1. (Jersey) mole cricket

Romanian

Etymology

From French scorpion.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /skorˈpjon/

Noun

scorpion m (plural scorpioni)

  1. scorpion

Declension