What does scorpion mean?

Definitions for scorpion
ˈskɔr pi ənscor·pi·on

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Scorpio, Scorpionnoun

    (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Scorpio

  2. Scorpio, Scorpio the Scorpion, Scorpionnoun

    the eighth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about October 23 to November 21

  3. scorpionnoun

    arachnid of warm dry regions having a long segmented tail ending in a venomous stinger


  1. scorpionnoun

    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.

  2. scorpionnoun

    An ancient military engine for hurling stones and other missiles.

  3. Scorpionnoun

    Someone with the Scorpio star sign

  4. Scorpionadjective

    of, or pertaining to, the Scorpio star sign

  5. Etymology: From the animal scorpion, from scorpio "scorpion"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Scorpionnoun

    Etymology: scorpion, French; scorpio, Latin.

    Well, fore-warning winds
    Did seem to say, seek not a scorpion’s nest. William Shakespeare, H. VI.

    Full of scorpions is my mind, dear wife. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    If he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? Lu. xi.

    The squeezing crab and stinging scorpion shine. Dryden.

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


  1. Scorpion

    Scorpions are predatory arachnids of the order Scorpiones. They have eight legs, and are easily recognized by a pair of grasping pincers and a narrow, segmented tail, often carried in a characteristic forward curve over the back and always ending with a stinger. The evolutionary history of scorpions goes back 435 million years. They mainly live in deserts but have adapted to a wide range of environmental conditions, and can be found on all continents except Antarctica. There are over 2,500 described species, with 22 extant (living) families recognized to date. Their taxonomy is being revised to account for 21st-century genomic studies. Scorpions primarily prey on insects and other invertebrates, but some species hunt vertebrates. They use their pincers to restrain and kill prey, or to prevent their own predation. The venomous sting is used for offense and defense. During courtship, the male and female grasp each other's pincers and dance while he tries to move her onto his sperm packet. All known species give live birth and the female cares for the young as their exoskeletons harden, transporting them on her back. The exoskeleton contains fluorescent chemicals and glows under ultraviolet light. The vast majority of species do not seriously threaten humans, and healthy adults usually do not need medical treatment after a sting. About 25 species (fewer than one percent) have venom capable of killing a human, which happens frequently in the parts of the world where they live, primarily where access to medical treatment is unlikely. Scorpions appear in art, folklore, mythology, and commercial brands. Scorpion motifs are woven into kilim carpets for protection from their sting. Scorpius is the name of a constellation; the corresponding astrological sign is Scorpio. A classical myth about Scorpius tells how the giant scorpion and its enemy Orion became constellations on opposite sides of the sky.


  1. scorpion

    A scorpion is a type of arthropod belonging to the class Arachnida and the order Scorpiones. It is known for its elongated body, segmented tail tipped with a venomous stinger, and a pair of pincers in its front. Scorpions are found predominantly in desert and tropical regions and are typically nocturnal predators that eat a variety of insects, spiders, centipedes, and other scorpions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scorpionnoun

    any one of numerous species of pulmonate arachnids of the order Scorpiones, having a suctorial mouth, large claw-bearing palpi, and a caudal sting

  2. Scorpionnoun

    the pine or gray lizard (Sceloporus undulatus)

  3. Scorpionnoun

    the scorpene

  4. Scorpionnoun

    a painful scourge

  5. Scorpionnoun

    a sign and constellation. See Scorpio

  6. Scorpionnoun

    an ancient military engine for hurling stones and other missiles

  7. Etymology: [F., fr. L. scorpio, scorpius, Gr. , perhaps akin to E. sharp.]


  1. Scorpion

    Scorpions are predatory arthropod animals of the order Scorpiones within the class Arachnida. They have eight legs and are easily recognized by the pair of grasping claws and the narrow, segmented tail, often carried in a characteristic forward curve over the back, ending with a venomous stinger. Scorpions range in size from 9 mm to 20 cm. Scorpions are found widely distributed over all continents, except Antarctica, in a variety of terrestrial habitats except the high latitude tundra. Scorpions number about 1,752 described species, with 13 extant families recognised to date. The taxonomy has undergone changes and is likely to change further, as a number of genetic studies are bringing forth new information. Scorpion venom has a fearsome reputation, but only about 25 out of almost 1500 species are known to have venom capable of killing a human being.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Scorpion

    skor′pi-un, n. 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: (B.) a whip with points like a scorpion's tail: an old military engine: any person of virulent hatred or animosity.—n. Scor′pio, a scorpion: (astron.) a constellation and the eighth sign of the zodiac.—adj. Scor′pioid, curled like the tail of a scorpion.—n. Scor′pion-bug, a large predacious water-beetle.—n.pl. Scorpiō′nes, true scorpions, a sub-order of Arachnida.—ns. Scor′pion-fish, a sea-scorpion; Scor′pion-fly, an insect having its abdomen curled like a scorpion; Scor′pion-grass, the forget-me-not: the mouse-ear; Scorpion′ida, an order of Arachnida, containing the Scorpiones or true scorpions; Scor′pion-lob′ster, a long-tailed crustacean; Scor′pion-plant, a Javan orchid with large creamy flower supposed to resemble a spider; Scor′pion-shell, a gasteropod distinguished by long, channelled spines; Scor′pion-spī′der, a whip-scorpion; Scor′pion-wort, a leguminous plant native of southern Europe; Scorpiū′rus, a genus of leguminous plants named scorpion's tail. [Fr.,—L. scorpio—Gr. skorpios.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. scorpion

    (Fr.). A small kind of catapult, or large cross-bow, which threw heavy arrows by means of a steel bow, which was bent by a double-handed roller turned by one man.

  2. scorpion

    (Fr.). An ancient gun, whose dolphins represented the scorpion. Also the name of an implement used by the ancients for laying hold of the enemy’s battering ram.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scorpion in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scorpion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of scorpion in a Sentence

  1. Ben Crump:

    That reprehensible conduct Memphis Police saw in that video, Memphis Police think this was part of the culture of the SCORPION unit, so Memphis Police demanded that they disbanded immediately before Memphis Police see anything like this happen again.

  2. Ed Davis:

    If you’re calling it the SCORPION unit, what message are you sending to the officers who are in it and to the community… Scorpions sting. one of my first meetings I went to as a new police commissioner in Boston, I went to Mission Hill and listened to a group of 200-300 young black men who told me our units were jumping out of the cars and tipping guys upside down to see if a gun would come out. I went back and met with the gang unit after that, and I made it very clear that this was not the mission that I wanted accomplished. … You can’t make everybody who’s between the age of 15 and 25 a suspect.

  3. Ashima:

    Projecting planning as coincidence requires great skills or a scorpion!

  4. Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland:

    The other side of it is the culture, if you’re calling it the SCORPION unit, what message are you sending to the officers who are in it and to the community… Scorpions sting.

  5. Memphis PD:

    The officers currently assigned to the unit agree unreservedly with this next step, while the heinous actions of a few casts a cloud of dishonor on the title SCORPION, it is imperative that we, Memphis Police Department take proactive steps in the healing process of all those impacted. Memphis Police Department remains committed to serving our community and taking every measure possible to rebuild the trust that has been negatively affected by the death of Tyre Nichols.

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