Water scorpion
Scorpion Scor"pi*on, 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. [1913 Webster]

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 Worlds. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) The pine or gray lizard ({Sceloporus undulatus}). [Local, U. S.] [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) The scorpene. [1913 Webster]

4. (Script.) A painful scourge. [1913 Webster]

My father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions. --1 Kings xii. 11. [1913 Webster]

5. (Astron.) A sign and constellation. See {Scorpio}. [1913 Webster]

6. (Antiq.) An ancient military engine for hurling stones and other missiles. [1913 Webster]

{Book scorpion}. (Zo["o]l.) See under {Book}.

{False scorpion}. (Zo["o]l.) See under {False}, and {Book scorpion}.

{Scorpion bug}, or {Water scorpion} (Zo["o]l.) See {Nepa}.

{Scorpion fly} (Zo["o]l.), 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} (Zo["o]l.), any shell of the genus Pteroceras. See {Pteroceras}.

{Scorpion spiders}. (Zo["o]l.), 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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • water scorpion — n. any of a family (Nepidae) of elongated, sticklike, four winged hemipteran insects, characterized by a long breathing tube at the anal end of the abdomen * * * ▪ insect       any of the approximately 150 species of aquatic invertebrates of the… …   Universalium

  • Water scorpion — Wa ter scor pi*on (Zo[ o]l.) See {Nepa}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • water scorpion — n. any of a family (Nepidae) of elongated, sticklike, four winged hemipteran insects, characterized by a long breathing tube at the anal end of the abdomen …   English World dictionary

  • water scorpion — Nepa Ne pa, n. [L. nepa scorpion.] (Zo[ o]l.) A genus of aquatic hemipterous insects. The species feed upon other insects and are noted for their voracity; called also {scorpion bug} and {water scorpion}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • water scorpion — noun a predatory water bug with grasping forelegs. [Family Nepidae.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • water scorpion — noun long legged aquatic insect having the front legs fitted for seizing and holding prey and the abdomen extended by a long breathing tube • Hypernyms: ↑water bug • Member Holonyms: ↑Nepidae, ↑family Nepidae …   Useful english dictionary

  • water scorpion — noun Date: 1681 any of numerous aquatic bugs (family Nepidae) with the end of the abdomen prolonged by a long breathing tube …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • water scorpion — noun any long legged aquatic insect of the family Nepidae, especially the species Nepa cinerea …   Wiktionary

  • water scorpion — /ˈwɔtə skɔpiən/ (say wawtuh skawpeeuhn) noun any of the aquatic hemipterous insects constituting the family Nepidae (genera Nepa, Ranatra, etc.), having a tail like process through which respiration is effected …   Australian English dictionary

  • water scorpion-grass — pelkinė neužmirštuolė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Agurklinių šeimos dekoratyvinis augalas (Myosotis scorpioides), paplitęs Europoje ir vakarų Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Myosotis scorpioides angl. forget me not; true forget me not; water …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

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