Definitions

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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or resembling a scorpion.
  • adj. Botany Like the tail of a scorpion; circinate: a scorpioid cyme.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or appearing like a scorpion.
  • adj. Resembling a scorpion's tail, as in a scorpioid cyme; circinate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the inflorescence curved or circinate at the end, like a scorpion's tail.

from The 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.

Etymologies

Greek skorpioeidēs, scorpionlike : skorpios, scorpion + -oeidēs, -oid.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek σκορπιοειδής (skorpioeidēs, "scorpionlike"), from σκορπίος (skorpios, "scorpion") + εἶδος ("form, likeness"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The most commonly known are tannin from the bark of nere, oak, chestnut, and scorpioid acacia.

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