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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ And why does she have a pet scorpion?
▪ It sounds, once again, as though evolution deals in distant targets, homing in on things like scorpions.
▪ It wouldn't matter if you'd been promised a king's ransom if you achieved a lucky jump to the scorpion.
▪ Lilith herself is shown as a mixture of wolf, lion and scorpion.
▪ The male scorpion approaches the female with great wariness.
▪ The symptoms of poisoning are similar to those inflicted by the sting of a scorpion fish.
▪ When it came to confrontation, what possible match was a fish for a scorpion?
▪ Where the lizards and scorpions roam?
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Sculpin \Scul"pin\, n. [Written also skulpin.] (Zo["o]l.)

  1. Any one of numerous species of marine cottoid fishes of the genus Cottus, or Acanthocottus, having a large head armed with several sharp spines, and a broad mouth. They are generally mottled with yellow, brown, and black. Several species are found on the Atlantic coasts of Europe and America.

  2. A large cottoid market fish of California ( Scorp[ae]nichthys marmoratus); -- called also bighead, cabezon, scorpion, salpa.

  3. The dragonet, or yellow sculpin, of Europe ( Callionymus lyra).

    Note: The name is also applied to other related California species.

    Deep-water sculpin, the sea raven.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1200, from Old French scorpion (12c.), from Latin scorpionem (nominative scorpio), extended form of scorpius, from Greek skorpios "a scorpion," from PIE root *(s)ker- (1) "to cut" (see shear (v.)). The Spanish alacran "scorpion" is from Arabic al-'aqrab.


n. 1 Any of various arachnids of the order ''Scorpiones'', related to the spiders, characterised by two large front pincers and a curved tail with a poisonous sting in the end. 2 An ancient military engine for hurling stones and other missiles.


Scorpions are predatory arachnids of the order Scorpiones. They have eight legs and are easily recognized by the pair of grasping pedipalps and the narrow, segmented tail, often carried in a characteristic forward curve over the back, ending with a venomous stinger. Scorpions range in size from 9 mm / 0.3 in. ( Typhlochactas mitchelli) to 23 cm / 9 in. ( Heterometrus swammerdami).

The evolutionary history of scorpions goes back to the Silurian era 430 million years ago. They have adapted to a wide range of environmental conditions and can now be found on all continents except Antarctica. Scorpions number about 1750 described species, with 13 extant families recognised to date. Only about 25 of these species are known to have venom capable of killing a human being. The taxonomy has undergone changes and is likely to change further, as genetic studies are bringing forth new information.

Scorpion stings are painful but are usually harmless to humans. For stings from species found in the United States, no treatment is normally needed for healthy adults, although medical care should be sought for children and for the elderly. Stings from species found elsewhere may require medical attention.

Scorpion (disambiguation)

A scorpion is a predatory arthropod animal.

Scorpion may also refer to:

Scorpion (Mortal Kombat)

Scorpion is a recurring player character and occasional boss character from the Mortal Kombat fighting game franchise created by Ed Boon and John Tobias. Making his debut as one of the original seven playable characters in Mortal Kombat in 1992, he is an undead ninja specter seeking revenge for his own death at the hands of Sub-Zero, which has been his main role throughout the course of the series up until Mortal Kombat X.

Scorpion has been playable in nearly every Mortal Kombat fighting game, the one exception being the original version of Mortal Kombat 3 (1995), and was featured on the cover art for the 2011 Mortal Kombat reboot game (alongside Sub-Zero), and Mortal Kombat X. He was among the characters representing the series in the 2008 crossover game Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe while having guest roles in other Midway games, and he has also appeared in a variety of official series merchandise and other alternate media. Scorpion is featured on the logo of NetherRealm Studios, the successor of Midway Games.

Scorpion (Atlas/Seaboard Comics)

The Scorpion is the name of two fictional characters who starred successively in an eponymous comic book series published by Atlas/Seaboard Comics in the 1970s.

Scorpion (Carmilla Black)

Scorpion (Carmilla Black, born Thasanee Rappaccini) is a fictional character, a superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. She first appears in Amazing Fantasy (vol. 2) #7 and was created by Fred Van Lente and Leonard Kirk.

Scorpion (Marvel Comics)

The Scorpion is the name of multiple characters in Marvel Comics.

Scorpion (novel)

Scorpion is a spy thriller novel by Andrew Kaplan, published by Macmillan in hardcover in 1985 and as a Warner Books paperback in 1986. It hit best-seller lists in Canada, Great Britain, Australia, Germany and Greece.

Scorpion (horse)

Scorpion (foaled February 5, 2002) is an Irish Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. As a three-year-old in 2005 he won the Grand Prix de Paris (in record time) and the St. Leger Stakes. In 2007 he won the Coronation Cup.

Scorpion (solitaire)

Scorpion is a Patience game using a deck of 52 playing cards. Although somewhat related to Spider, the method of game play is akin to Yukon. The object of this game is to form four columns of suit sequence cards from king down to ace.

The game starts with 49 cards dealt into seven columns of seven cards each on the tableau. The first four columns each have three face-down cards with four face-up cards placed over them. The cards in the remaining three columns are all faced up. The three leftover cards are set aside for later.

Cards in the tableau are built down by suit and every face up card is available for play, no matter where in the column it is. That means that any card can be placed on top of a card that is a rank higher. Once a card from the bottom or middle of a column is moved, all cards on top of it are moved as well, as one unit. Nothing can be placed on an ace and gaps on the tableau can only be taken by kings or sequences with Kings as their top cards. Once a face-down card is exposed, it is turned face up.

When no more moves are possible, the three leftover cards are dealt onto the first three columns and put into play.

As earlier mentioned, the object of the game is to build four columns of suit sequences from king down to ace. So when one such column is built successfully, it is a general rule to leave this column alone, unless it covers a face-down card. Solsuite's rules to game, however, states that once such a column is built, it is discarded from the tableau. Either way, it allows some "elbow room" for the other suit columns to be formed.

The game is won when the object is fulfilled and in the case of Solsuite's rules, the columns discarded.

Scorpion (album)

Scorpion is the second studio album by American hip-hop artist Eve, released March 6, 2001 on Ruff Ryders Entertainment and Interscope Records. The album features the Grammy-winning hit single, " Let Me Blow Ya Mind", a duet with Gwen Stefani, winning their first Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, a new category at the time.

Scorpion was a critical and commercial success, debuting at number four on the US Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 162,000 copies and became her second consecutive number-one album on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Scorpion was later certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on May 10, 2001, in excess sales exceeding in one million copies. Scorpion was also nominated for Best Rap Album at the 44th Grammy Awards in 2002.

Scorpion (roller coaster)

Scorpion is a steel looping roller coaster located at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in Tampa, Florida, United States. It opened in 1980 as a part of the newly added Timbuktu section that gave the park a complete circuit, linking the Congo section to the Nairobi section of the park. Scorpion, to this day, remains one of the most popular rides in the Pantopia section. In 2004,Before it was Pantopia as a part of the park's Timbuktu renovation, Scorpion was repainted from its original paint scheme of orange track and black supports to red track with blue supports (a paint scheme similar to SheiKra).

The ride was designed by Anton Schwarzkopf as one of his Silverarrow model looping coasters. Only three of these exist today, this coaster, Twist n' Shout at Loudoun Castle in Scotland (which has closed as of 2010), and the other is known as "Looping Star" owned by the travelling fair Magic World in Africa.

Scorpion (dinghy)

The Scorpion is a class of small sailing dinghy. The Scorpion is a lightweight, high performance, two person racing dinghy. Its adjustable rig enables sailing in all weathers to crews of all weights, ages and experiences. The Scorpion was originally designed for launch and recovery through Cornish surf. Its 14ft hard chine planing hull is built to strict measurements whilst rig controls and cockpit layout are left to personal choice.

The ability to adjust the rig whilst sailing means that the Scorpion can be raced in most conditions. Its lightweight hull (81kg) gives its good performance and easily handling ashore.

The class has a strong class association. The website at allows members to keep in touch, and the lively newsletters contain technical articles, advice on tuning and race tactics, and news and views.

In handicap racing the Scorpion sails off a Portsmouth Yardstick of 1053.

The dinghy was designed by T.J. Dorling in 1959.

Scorpion (video game)

Scorpion is a platform/ shoot 'em up video game developed and published by Digital Magic Software for the Amiga, Atari ST and DOS in 1989. The game was also re-released as Fly Fighter, with another title screen and another order of levels.

Scorpion (submarine)

The name Scorpion may refer to one of the following submarines:

  • Soviet submarine B-427, a Whiskey type submarine operated by the Soviet and Russian navies from 1971 until 1994. The submarine was sold into civilian use, and has been promoted under the name "Povodnaya Lodka B-427 Scorpion" after being put on display at Long Beach, California in 1998
  • , a Gato class submarine that entered service in 1942, and sank from unknown damage in 1944

  • , a Skipjack class submarine that entered service in 1960, and sank for unknown reasons in 1968

Scorpion (publishing house)

Scorpion was a Russian publishing house which played an important role in the development of Russian Symbolism in the early 1900s.

Scorpion (CPU)

Scorpion is a central processing unit (CPU) core designed by Qualcomm for use in their Snapdragon mobile systems on chips (SoCs). It is designed in-house, but has many architectural similarities with the ARM Cortex-A8 and Cortex-A9 CPU cores.

Scorpion (comics)

Scorpion, in comics, may refer to:

  • Scorpion, a number of Marvel Comics comics characters including:
    • Mac Gargan, a supervillain and frequent enemy of Spider-Man, the third Venom and The Dark Avengers as The Black Spider-Man, but is back to "being" Scorpion.
    • Scorpia (comics), (Elaine Coll), a female version of the Mac Gargan Scorpion.
    • Scorpion (Carmilla Black)/Thanasee Rappaccini, first appeared in Amazing Fantasy vol. 2 #7 and was created by Fred Van Lente and Leonard Kirk.
    • Ultimate Scorpion, a clone of Ultimate Spider-Man (Peter Parker).
    • Silver Scorpion, (Elizabeth Barstow) first appeared in Daring Mystery Comics #7 (April 1941).
    • Kron Stone, an enemy of Spider-Man 2099, in the Timestorm 2009–2099 alternate reality.
  • Scorpion (Atlas/Seaboard Comics), a character from former Marvel Comics publisher Martin Goodman's Atlas/Seaboard Comics
  • Scorpion, a Fawcett Comics character from Earth-S who appeared in Captain Marvel
  • Le Scorpion, a Belgian comic set in 18th century Vatican, by Stephen Desberg and Enrico Marini
  • Scarlet Scorpion, an AC Comics character
Scorpion (Star Trek: Voyager)

"Scorpion" is the 26th episode of the third season and the first episode of the fourth season of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: Voyager, the 68th and 69th episode overall. It introduces the Borg drone Seven of Nine and Species 8472 to the series.

Set in the 24th century, the series follows the adventures of the Starfleet and Maquis crew of the starship USS Voyager after they were stranded in the Delta Quadrant far from the rest of the Federation. In this episode, the Federation starship Voyager makes a "pact with the devil" (i.e. the Borg) in order to combat a new enemy which poses a serious threat to both.

Scorpion (film)

Scorpion is a 2007 French action drama film directed by Julien Seri.

Scorpion (TV series)

Scorpion (stylized as ) is an American action drama television series loosely based on the life of computer expert Walter O'Brien. In the series, O'Brien and his friends help each other to solve complex global problems and save lives. The series premiered on September 22, 2014 and airs in the United States on Mondays at 9:00 p.m. ET on CBS. On October 27, 2014, CBS placed a full season episode order for the first season. On March 25, 2016, CBS renewed Scorpion for a third season, which is set to premiere on October 3, 2016.

Usage examples of "scorpion".

Sure enough, the keys were in the ignition, just like the Scorpion Lady had promised, and I drove out to Phaya Tai Road and cruised up and down it til I finally found the Acme Fertilizer Company.

Two weeks later the Scorpion Lady told me to skip the Hatchery and go back to the Acme Fertilizer Company, and Reginald attacked the elephant shit with the same enthusiasm he had attacked it a month earlier.

At the zenith glittered the splendid Antares in the Scorpion, and not far was Alpha Centauri, which is believed to be the nearest star to the terrestrial globe.

East of her, the Scorpion lay curled by the river Brue, the sting in his tail an outcrop of bright stone.

There was no way out of the kitchen, no time to use an explosive evocation in close quarters, and the deadly scorpions would rip me to pieces well before Victor could blow me up with explosive magic or one of the blood-maddened Beckitts could get their guns working long enough to put a few more bullets in me.

Out of an eyehole of the skull a dusty gray scorpion half crawled, then retreated, tail over back, venomous, deadly.

There is a swimming pool and a fishpond behind the house, but these bodies of water are a stubborn, frothing, seething mess of algae in which monitor lizards float, their small faces hiding their large, hanging bodies, and in which there are scorpions and frogs in staggering numbers.

When Eugenie Fonda passed him a playful note, Sacco swatted it away as if it were a scorpion.

Four-footed white skeletons scampered through the branches trailing furless vertebrae like the whiptails of scorpions.

JIM suits into the Hawkbill and move a little closer to the Scorpion site.

When the falcons are hunting the hubara we shall have to follow on foot, and boots protect the ankles and legs from snakes and scorpions.

He walked day and night until he reached the ruins of the temple, formerly built by the idolaters, in which he had slept amongst the scorpions and sirens on his former strange journey.

Within these prisons moved all sorts of living creatures, from the jerboa, the lizard of the Nile, and a light-colored species of owl, to numerous specimens of frogs, snakes, scorpions and beetles.

Horny and worried about scorpions, Kyte chased sleep without ever catching it.

It shone with the strange dim green of ionized nebular gases, and the dark spreading wings of it blotted out the stars of Ophiuchus, and slowly grew to hide the Serpent and even the Scorpion.