American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or resembling a scorpion.
- adj. Botany Like the tail of a scorpion; circinate: a scorpioid cyme.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In zoology:
- Resembling or related to a scorpion; belonging to the Scorpionida.
- Rolled over or curled like the tail of a scorpion; cincinnal; coiled in a flat spiral.
- In botany, curved or circinate at the end, like the tail of a scorpion; rolled up toward one side in the manner of a crozier, unrolling as the flowers expand, as in some of the Boraginaceæ. See cut in next column.
- adj. Of, pertaining to, or appearing like a scorpion.
- adj. botany Resembling a scorpion's tail, as in a scorpioid cyme; circinate.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having the inflorescence curved or circinate at the end, like a scorpion's tail.
- From Ancient Greek σκορπιοειδής (skorpioeidēs, "scorpionlike"), from σκορπίος (skorpios, "scorpion") + εἶδος ("form, likeness"). (Wiktionary)
- Greek skorpioeidēs, scorpionlike : skorpios, scorpion + -oeidēs, -oid. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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