Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A large whip scorpion (Mastigoproctus giganteus)of the southern United States and Mexico that emits a strong vinegary odor when disturbed.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of vinegaroon.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A whip scorpion, esp. a large Mexican species (Thelyphonus giganteus) popularly supposed to be very venomous; -- from the odor that it emits when alarmed.

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  • n. large whip-scorpion of Mexico and southern United States that emits a vinegary odor when alarmed

Etymologies

American Spanish vinagr├│n, from Spanish vinagre, vinegar, from Old Spanish, from Old French vinaigre; see vinegar.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • My wife and I once lived in a custom steel-and-glass house on 47 isolated acres of high desert ranch land some 25 miles north of Sonora, Mexico. She was never fond of creepy crawlies, and it had become my habit to quietly and secretly capture and dispose of any such critters found to be living with us but not paying rent. However, when confronted by the mother of all vinegaroons (as large as my hand plus a six inch tail) and watched it rear up like a monstrous toy transformer, waving it's claws in the air, I abandoned SOP, calling out to her: "Honey, you've GOT to come see this!"

    Big mistake.

    But this episode solved a long-standing riddle. For months we had been finding and vacuuming up dessicated moth wings. No bodies; just wings. Turns out that the vinegaroon was consuming the bodies but could not (or would not) digest the wings. Who knew?

    March 17, 2009

  • I'm having one of these!

    March 16, 2009

  • So I do! Go on, keep on vinegarrroooning me you cruel old scientists.

    March 12, 2009

  • Bilby apparently has a Pavlovian response to either spelling. (See vinegaroon).

    March 12, 2009

  • I've never seen the word spelled with a double r.

    March 12, 2009

  • I had one as a pet when I lived in El Paso, Texas. They were easy to find. Once a vinegaroon's whip falls or breaks off, it doesn't grow back. Amazing creatures. I'd love to have another one.

    March 12, 2009

  • Omg, it's a slag-ass vinegarroon.

    March 12, 2009

  • vinegarroon

    March 12, 2009

  • There's a Calexico song called this and I never knew what it meant. Might have only had one 'r' in though.

    March 12, 2009

  • A harmless scorpion of the SW which will emit a vinegar like smell when disturbed - a skunk scorpion

    March 12, 2009