scorpion fly
noun Date: 1668 any of a family (Panorpidae) of insects that have cylindrical bodies, a long beak with biting mouthparts, and the male genitalia enlarged into a swollen bulb; broadly an insect of the order (Mecoptera) that includes this family

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  • Scorpion fly — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scorpion fly — n. MECOPTERAN: the abdomen, in the male, curls up at the end and resembles a scorpion s sting * * * …   Universalium

  • scorpion fly — n. MECOPTERAN: the abdomen, in the male, curls up at the end and resembles a scorpion s sting …   English World dictionary

  • scorpion fly — noun any of various mecopterous insects of the family Panorpidae of the northern hemisphere having a long beak and long antennae; males have a tail like that of a scorpion except it is not venomous • Hypernyms: ↑mecopteran • Member Holonyms:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • scorpion fly — noun a slender predatory insect with membranous wings, the males of which have a swollen abdomen curved up like a scorpion s sting. [Family Panorpidae.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • scorpion-fly — /ˈskɔpiən flaɪ/ (say skawpeeuhn fluy) noun any of the harmless insects of the order Mecoptera, in which the male has an abdominal structure resembling a scorpion sting …   Australian English dictionary

  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Scorpion bug — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Scorpion grass — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Scorpion senna — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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