The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Scorpion \Scor"pi*on\, n. [F., fr. L. scorpio, scorpius, Gr. ?,
perhaps akin to E. sharp.]
1. (Zool.) 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. (Zool.) The pine or gray lizard (Sceloporus undulatus).
[Local, U. S.]
3. (Zool.) 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
Book scorpion. (Zool.) See under Book.
False scorpion. (Zool.) See under False, and Book
Scorpion bug, or Water scorpion (Zool.) See Nepa.
Scorpion fly (Zool.), a neuropterous insect of the genus
Panorpa. See Panorpid.
Scorpion grass (Bot.), a plant of the genus Myosotis.
Myosotis 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 (Zool.), any shell of the genus Pteroceras.
Scorpion spiders. (Zool.), any one of the Pedipalpi.
Scorpion's tail (Bot.), any plant of the leguminous genus
Scorpiurus, herbs with a circinately coiled pod; -- also
Scorpion's thorn (Bot.), a thorny leguminous plant
(Genista Scorpius) of Southern Europe.
The Scorpion's Heart (Astron.), the star Antares in the