scorpion


scorpion
n.
1 an arachnid of the order Scorpionida, with lobster-like pincers and a jointed tail that can be bent over to inflict a poisoned sting on prey held in its pincers.
2 (in full false scorpion) a similar arachnid of the order Pseudoscorpionida, smaller and without a tail.
3 (the Scorpion) the zodiacal sign or constellation Scorpio.
4 Bibl. a whip with metal points (1 Kings 12:11).
Phrases and idioms:
scorpion fish any of various marine fish of the family Scorpaenidae, with venomous spines on the head and gills. scorpion fly any insect of the order Mecoptera, esp. of the family Panorpidae, the males of which have a swollen abdomen curved upwards like a scorpion's sting. scorpion grass = forget-me-not.
Etymology: ME f. OF f. L scorpio -onis f. scorpius f. Gk skorpios

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  • scorpion — [ skɔrpjɔ̃ ] n. m. • XIIe; escorpium 1119; lat. scorpio, gr. skorpios 1 ♦ Animal pourvu d appendices chélicères, et formé d éléments articulés dont le dernier porte un aiguillon crochu et venimeux. Pince du scorpion. ⇒ pédipalpe. Scorpion noir,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Scorpion — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Scorpion — Scor pi*on, n. [F., fr. L. scorpio, scorpius, Gr. ?, perhaps akin to E. sharp.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of pulmonate arachnids of the order {Scorpiones}, having a suctorial mouth, large claw bearing palpi, and a caudal sting.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Scorpion — (englische Schreibweise von „Skorpion“) bezeichnet: zwei britische Automobilmarken (1965), bzw. (1973), siehe Scorpion (Humberstone), bzw. Scorpion (Innes Lee) eine ehemalige neuseeländische Automobilmarke, siehe Scorpion (Kit Car) einen sehr… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • scorpion — SCORPIÓN, scorpioni, s.m. 1. Nume dat mai multor specii de arahnide având la extremitatea posterioară glande veninoase, care se deschid în vârful unui ac; scorpie (1). ♢ Scorpionul de cărţi =scorpion minuscul, fără coadă şi fără glande veninoase …   Dicționar Român

  • scorpion — SCORPION. s. m. Sorte d insecte venimeux, & dont le venin est principalement à l extremité de la queuë. La piqueure du scorpion est dangereuse. on tient que la blessure que fait le scorpion se guerit en escrasant le scorpion mesme sur la playe.… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • scorpion — early 13c., from O.Fr. scorpion, from L. scorpionem (nom. scorpio), extended form of scorpius, from Gk. skorpios a scorpion, from PIE root * (s)ker to cut (see SHEAR (Cf. shear)). The Spanish alacran scorpion is from Arabic al aqrab …   Etymology dictionary

  • SCORPION — (Heb. עַקְרָב, akrav; pl. akrabbim). The scorpion is mentioned once in the Bible as a dangerous creature of the wilderness (Deut. 8:15). The word akrabbim is also used for prickly thornbushes (I Kings 12:11; Ezek. 2:6), and Ascent of Akrabbim ( …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • scorpion — [skôr′pē ən] n. [OFr < L scorpio < Gr skorpios, scorpion, kind of fish < IE base * (s)ker , to cut > SHEAR] 1. any of an order (Scorpiones) of arachnids found in warm regions, with a front pair of nipping claws and a long, slender,… …   English World dictionary

  • scorpion — ► NOUN ▪ an arachnid with lobster like pincers and a poisonous sting at the end of its tail. ORIGIN Greek skorpios scorpion …   English terms dictionary

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