Scorpion

Definitions

  • Scorpion, in act of "playing."
    Scorpion, in act of "playing."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n scorpion arachnid of warm dry regions having a long segmented tail ending in a venomous stinger
    • n Scorpion the eighth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about October 23 to November 21
    • n Scorpion (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Scorpio
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are approximately 1300 species of scorpion but only 25 of them are deadly
    • Scorpion (Script) A painful scourge. "My father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions ."
    • Scorpion (Astron) A sign and constellation. See Scorpio.
    • Scorpion (Antiq) An ancient military engine for hurling stones and other missiles.
    • Scorpion (Zoöl) Any one of numerous species of pulmonate arachnids of the order Scorpiones, having a suctorial mouth, large claw-bearing palpi, and a caudal sting.
    • Scorpion (Zoöl) The pine or gray lizard (Sceloporus undulatus).
    • Scorpion (Zoöl) The scorpene.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Annually a thousand people are killed by scorpions in Mexico
    • n scorpion In zoology, an arthropod of the order Scorpionida. It has an elongated body: the cephalothorax is continuous with the abdomen, which ends in a long slender postabdomen, which latter can be curled up over the back and is armed at the end with a sharp sting or telson, more or less hooked like a claw, and connected with a venomgland, so that its puncture inflicts a poisoned wound. (See also cuts under Buthus and Scorpionidæ.) The sting of a scorpion is painful, and is said to paralyze the organs of speech. The scorpion has also a large pair of nippers in front, like the great claws of a lobster, and the whole figure is suggestive of a little lobster, an inch or a few inches long. Scorpions abound in tropical and warm temperate countries. In the former they attain the maximum size of 8 or 10 inches, and are very formidable. They commonly lurk in dark retreats, as under stones aud logs, and are particularly active at night. They are carnivorous and predaceous; they seize their prey with their nippers, and sting it to death. Scorpions are justly dreaded, but some popular beliefs respecting them have no fonndation in fact, as that when the creature is surrounded by fire it stings itself to death rather than be burned, or that some fluid extracted from a scorpion will cure its sting.
    • n scorpion Hence Some creature likened to or mistaken for a scorpion, and poisonous or supposed to be so. A false scorpion; any member of the Pseudoscorpiones. Among these arachnidans, belonging to the same class as the true scorpion, but to a different order, the members of the genus Chelifer are known as book-scorpions. (See Cheliferidæ, and cut under Pseudoscorpiones.) Those called whip-scorpions are of the family Thelyphonidæ. (See cut under Pedipalpi.) Closely related to these, and sometimes sharing the name, are the Phrynidæ. (See cut under Phrynidæ.)
    • n scorpion 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 scorpion [capitalized] In astronomy, the eighth sign of the zodiac, which the sun enters about October 23d. See Scorpio, 2.
    • n scorpion 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 scorpion An old military engine, used chiefly in the defense of the walls of a town. It resembled the ballista in form, consisting essentially of two beams with ropes stretched between them, from the middle of which ropes rose a third beam, called the stylus, so disposed as to be pulled back and let go at pleasure; to the top of this beam were fastened iron hooks to winch a sling of iron or hemp for throwing stones was hung.
    • n scorpion An instrument for grappling a batteringram.
    • n scorpion A gun whose dolphins represented the scorpion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A scorpion can have up to 12 eyes
    • n Scorpion skor′pi-un a name applicable to any member of the family Scorpionidæ, included along with spiders, mites, &c. in the heterogeneous class Arachnida—they have an elongated body, claws like the lobster, and a poisonous sting in the tail: one of the signs of the zodiac:
    • n Scorpion skor′pi-un (B.) a whip with points like a scorpion's tail: an old military engine: any person of virulent hatred or animosity
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. scorpio, scorpius, Gr. , perhaps akin to E. sharp,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. scorpio—Gr. skorpios.

Usage

In literature:

Off south was the Scorpion, and the big red star Antares.
"Pluck on the Long Trail" by Edwin L. Sabin
Ay, think so, natheless all your tavern-front With many a scorpion I will over-write.
"The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus" by Caius Valerius Catullus
If you ask me how it came to be called 'Scorpion Cove,' I will tell you.
"An Outcast" by F. Colburn Adams
There were also scorpions and vipers.
"A Soldier of the Legion" by C. N. Williamson
I also saw a scorpion for the first time.
"Three Months in the Southern States, April-June 1863" by Arthur J. L. (Lieut.-Col.) Fremantle
Both the scorpion and centipede have a venomous sting, the former sometimes fatal.
"Mexico" by Charles Reginald Enock
The scorpion now made a rush, and threw the other upon his back.
"The Boy Hunters" by Captain Mayne Reid
Avarice chastises its slave in middle life with whips; but if he abide its slave, it will chastise him when he is old with scorpions.
"The Parables of Our Lord" by William Arnot
Glover and his two constant followers joined in a few days, and the "Scorpion" was rapidly got ready for sea.
"Ronald Morton, or the Fire Ships" by W.H.G. Kingston
Philip declared, that as his father had chastised his people with a scourge, he would make them feel the effect of a whip of scorpions.
"The Golden Grasshopper" by W.H.G. Kingston
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In poetry:

And of all that stood at noonday
In that fiery scorpion ring,
Miles Keogh's horse at evening
Was the only living thing.
"Miles Keogh's Horse" by John Hay
Ah! what fetters adamantine
Bind and hold him in their thrall!
Oft the scorpion scourge of horror
On his shrinking soul will fall.
"Comparative Slavery" by Janet Hamilton
O set their teeth they will, and gnash,
And gnaw for very pain,
While as with scorpions God doth lash
Them for their life so vain.
"Of Hell And The Estate of Those Who Perish" by John Bunyan
And thou --neglected--wretched thing,
Where dost thou hide thy guilty head ?
Alas ! thou feel'st the scorpion's sting,
Long has thy gay seducer fled.
"At The Sight Of A Beautiful But Frail One" by Laura Sophia Temple
The scorpion stings which conscience wields
Still follow in the track of crime;
No distance from their terror shields—
Nor the destroying flight of time.
"Be sure your Sin will find you out" by John Bowring
She spun and she laughed a-spinning
The blood of my veins in a skein;
But I knew how the charm was mastered,
And snapped in the hissing vein;
So she wove but a fiery scorpion
That writhed from her hands again....
"Elphin" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Scorpions clinch top playoff seed.
Bay Area scorpions don't pack as much punch as desert- dwelling cousins.
They even have a deadly scorpion.
Scorpions seek payback at Puerto Rico .
The Scorpions Raiding Archives Before Final Farewell.
The Scorpions are heading back to the US for another batch of dates, but unlike in past years, this could well be their final extensive run of concerts.
Regular -season title in front of Scorpions.
Scorpions and Spartans prepare to square off.
Tesla Guitarist Dave Rude Talks Gibson Guitars, Marshall Amps and Touring with the Scorpions.
Scorpions look to hone scoring touch.
USS Scorpion 's bow section.
Scientists aren't sure why, but scorpions are fluorescent under ultraviolet light.
Watch Scorpion Press in the Fitness Magazine Video.
Browsing all posts tagged with scorpion .
Scorpion Sting Costs More than $80,000.
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