Definition of scorpion noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈskɔːpiən//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskɔːrpiən//
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a small creature like an insect with eight legs, two front claws (= curved and pointed arms) and a long tail that curves over its back and can give a poisonous sting. Scorpions live in hot countries. Being stung by a scorpion is extremely dangerous. See related entries: Invertebrates Word OriginMiddle English: via Old French from Latin scorpio(n-), based on Greek skorpios ‘scorpion’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: scorpion