Scorpioid

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Scorpioid Having the inflorescence curved or circinate at the end, like a scorpion's tail.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • scorpioid In zoology:
    • scorpioid Resembling or related to a scorpion; belonging to the Scorpionida.
    • scorpioid Rolled over or curled like the tail of a scorpion; cincinnal; coiled in a flat spiral.
    • scorpioid 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Scorpioid curled like the tail of a scorpion
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. ; a scorpion + e'i^dos form
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. scorpio—Gr. skorpios.

Usage

In literature:

THIS IS A SHRIMP-LIKE CREATURE CALLED CUMA SCORPIOIDES.
"On the Seashore" by R. Cadwallader Smith
COLUTEA scorpioides maritima, glauco folio.
"The Botanical Magazine, Vol. I" by William Curtis
The inflorescence in the family Boraginaceae are usually regarded as true scorpioid cymes.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 5" by Various
Leaves often lobed or divided, and the inflorescence frequently scorpioid.
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray
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