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Pronunciation: (skôr'pē-un), [key]
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, Astron.Scorpius.
3. any of various harmless lizards, esp. 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.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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