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Definition: Scorpion spiders
, 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
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.
5. (Astron.) A sign and constellation. See Scorpio
6. (Antiq.) An ancient military engine for hurling stones and
. (Zo["o]l.) See under Book
. (Zo["o]l.) See under False
, and Book scorpion
, or Water scorpion
(Zo["o]l.) See Nepa
(Zo["o]l.), a neuropterous insect of the genus
. See Panorpid
(Bot.), a plant of the genus Myosotis
. M. palustris
is the forget-me-not.
(Bot.), a yellow-flowered leguminous shrub
) 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.
(Zo["o]l.), any shell of the genus
Pteroceras. See Pteroceras
. (Zo["o]l.), any one of the Pedipalpi.
(Bot.), any plant of the leguminous genus
, herbs with a circinately coiled pod; -- also
(Bot.), a thorny leguminous plant
) of Southern Europe.
The Scorpion's Heart
(Astron.), the star Antares in the