scorpion

[skawr-pee-uhn]
noun
1.
any of numerous arachnids of the order Scorpionida, widely distributed in warmer parts of the world, having a long, narrow, segmented tail that terminates in a venomous sting.
2.
the Scorpion, Astronomy, Scorpius.
3.
any of various harmless lizards, especially the red- or orange-headed males of certain North American skinks.
4.
Bible. a whip or scourge that has spikes attached. I Kings 12:11.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English < Latin scorpiōn- (stem of scorpiō), equivalent to scorp(ius) scorpion (< Greek skorpíos) + -iōn- noun suffix, perhaps after pāpiliō (stem pāpiliōn-) butterfly, or stelliō (stem stelliōn-) gecko

scorpionic [skawr-pee-on-ik] , adjective
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scorpion (ˈskɔːpɪən)
 
n
1.  any arachnid of the order Scorpionida, of warm dry regions, having a segmented body with a long tail terminating in a venomous sting
2.  false scorpion See book scorpion any small nonvenomous arachnid of the order Pseudoscorpionida (or Chelonethida), which superficially resemble scorpions but lack the long tail
3.  any of various other similar arachnids, such as the whip scorpion, or other arthropods, such as the water scorpion
4.  Old Testament a barbed scourge (I Kings 12:11)
5.  history a war engine for hurling stones; ballista
 
[C13: via Old French from Latin scorpiō, from Greek skorpios, of obscure origin]

Scorpion (ˈskɔːpɪən)
 
n
the Scorpion the constellation Scorpio, the eighth sign of the zodiac

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scorpion
early 13c., from O.Fr. scorpion, from L. scorpionem (nom. scorpio), extended form of scorpius, from Gk. skorpios "a scorpion," from PIE base *(s)ker- "to cut" (see shear). The Sp. alacran "scorpion" is from Arabic al-'aqrab.
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Scorpion definition


Twenty tools that can be used to construct specialised programming environments. The Scorpion Project was started by Prof. Richard Snodgrass as an outgrowth of the SoftLab Project (which produced the IDL Toolkit) that he started when he was at the University of North Carolina. The Scorpion Project is directed by him at the University of Arizona and by Karen Shannon at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Version 6.0 runs on Sun-3, Sun-4, VAX, Decstation, Iris, Sequent, HP9000.
See also Candle.
(ftp://cs.arizona.edu/scorpion/).
Mailing list: info-scorpion-request@cs.arizona.edu.
E-mail: .
(1993-11-04)
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With it, you can still get nowhere if you're great in the library but have the
  social grace of a scorpion.
Aficionados compare their shape to the lyre and even to the scorpion's arched
  stinger.
The answer may lie in another zoologically suspect fable, the frog that is
  persuaded to ferry a scorpion across a river.
Then a couple of years back there was the plane that had to be held on the
  tarmac due to the scorpion.
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