1. (Zoöl.) A scorpion.
2. (Astron.) (a) The eighth sign of the zodiac, which the sun enters about the twenty-third day of October,
marked thus [&scorpio] in almanacs. (b) A constellation of the zodiac containing the bright star Antares.
It is drawn on the celestial globe in the figure of a scorpion.
(||Scor`pi*o"de*a) n. pl. [NL.] (Zoöl.) Same as Scorpiones.
(Scor"pi*oid Scor`pi*oid"al) , a.
1. Having the inflorescence curved or circinate at the end, like a scorpion's tail.
(Scor"pi*on) n. [F., fr. L. scorpio, scorpius, Gr. perhaps akin to E. sharp.]
1. (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.
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. (Zoöl.) The pine or gray lizard [Local, U. S.]
3. (Zoöl.) 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. (Zoöl.) See under Book. False scorpion. (Zoöl.) See under False, and Book
scorpion. Scorpion bug, or Water scorpion (Zoöl.) See Nepa. Scorpion fly (Zoöl.), 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 (Zoöl.), any shell of the genus
Pteroceras. See Pteroceras. Scorpion spiders. (Zoöl.), 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.
(||Scor`pi*o"nes) n. pl. [NL.] (Zoöl.) A division of arachnids comprising the scorpions.
(||Scor`pi*o*nid"e*a) n. pl. [NL.] (Zoöl.) Same as Scorpiones.
(Scor"pi*on*wort`) n. (Bot.) A leguminous plant (Ornithopus scorpioides) of Southern
Europe, having slender curved pods.
(Scorse) n. [Cf. It. scorsa a course, and E. discourse.] Barter; exchange; trade. [Obs.]
And recompensed them with a better scorse.Spenser.