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

  • n. Any of various arachnids of the order Scorpionida, of warm dry regions, having a segmented body and an erectile tail tipped with a venomous sting.
  • n. See Scorpius.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.
  • n. An ancient military engine for hurling stones and other missiles.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of numerous species of pulmonate arachnids of the order Scorpiones, having a suctorial mouth, large claw-bearing palpi, and a caudal sting.
  • n. The pine or gray lizard (Sceloporus undulatus).
  • n. The scorpene.
  • n. A painful scourge.
  • n. A sign and constellation. See Scorpio.
  • n. An ancient military engine for hurling stones and other missiles.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In zoology, an arthropod of the order Scorpionida.
  • n. Hence Some creature likened to or mistaken for a scorpion, and poisonous or supposed to be so.
  • n. In ichthyology, a scorpion-fish or sea-scorpion; one of several different members of the Scorpænidæ, some of which are also called scorpene and sculpin. See cut under Scorpæna, and etymology of Scolopendra.
  • n. [capitalized] In astronomy, the eighth sign of the zodiac, which the sun enters about October 23d. See Scorpio, 2.
  • n. A kind of whip said to have been armed with points like that of a scorpion's tail; a scourge, described as having a handle of iron, or of wood braced and ferruled with iron, and two, three, or more chains attached, like the lashes of a whip, and set with balls, rings, or angled and pointed masses of iron.
  • n. An old military engine, used chiefly in the defense of the walls of a town.
  • n. An instrument for grappling a batteringram.
  • n. A gun whose dolphins represented the scorpion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the eighth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about October 23 to November 21
  • n. arachnid of warm dry regions having a long segmented tail ending in a venomous stinger
  • n. (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Scorpio


Middle English, from Old French, from Latin scorpiō, scorpiōn-, alteration of scorpius, from Greek skorpios.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old (and modern) French scorpion, from Latin scorpio, ultimately from Ancient Greek σκορπίος (skorpios). (Wiktionary)



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