Definitions for: Scorpion


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



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

Note: Scorpions have a flattened body, and a long, slender
post-abdomen formed of six movable segments, the last
of which terminates in a curved venomous sting. The
venom causes great pain, but is unattended either with
redness or swelling, except in the axillary or inguinal
glands, when an extremity is affected. It is seldom if
ever destructive of life. Scorpions are found widely
dispersed in the warm climates of both the Old and New
Worlds.

2. (Zo["o]l.) The pine or gray lizard ({Sceloporus
undulatus}). [Local, U. S.]

3. (Zo["o]l.) The scorpene.

4. (Script.) A painful scourge.

My father hath chastised you with whips, but I will
chastise you with scorpions. --1 Kings xii.
11.

5. (Astron.) A sign and constellation. See Scorpio.

6. (Antiq.) An ancient military engine for hurling stones and
other missiles.

Book scorpion. (Zo["o]l.) See under Book.

False scorpion. (Zo["o]l.) See under False, and {Book
scorpion}.

Scorpion bug, or Water scorpion (Zo["o]l.) See Nepa.

Scorpion fly (Zo["o]l.), a neuropterous insect of the genus
Panorpa. See Panorpid.

Scorpion grass (Bot.), a plant of the genus Myosotis. {M.
palustris} is the forget-me-not.

Scorpion senna (Bot.), a yellow-flowered leguminous shrub
(Coronilla Emerus) having a slender joined pod, like a
scorpion's tail. The leaves are said to yield a dye like
indigo, and to be used sometimes to adulterate senna.

Scorpion shell (Zo["o]l.), any shell of the genus
Pteroceras. See Pteroceras.

Scorpion spiders. (Zo["o]l.), any one of the Pedipalpi.

Scorpion's tail (Bot.), any plant of the leguminous genus
Scorpiurus, herbs with a circinately coiled pod; -- also
called caterpillar.

Scorpion's thorn (Bot.), a thorny leguminous plant
(Genista Scorpius) of Southern Europe.

The Scorpion's Heart (Astron.), the star Antares in the
constellation Scorpio.

Synonyms: Scorpio, Scorpio, Scorpio the Scorpion

See Also: arachnid, arachnoid, house, human, individual, mansion, mortal, order Scorpionida, person, planetary house, Scorpionida, sign, sign of the zodiac, somebody, someone, soul, star sign

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