water scorpion

wa·ter scor·pi·on
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [waw-ter, wot-er skawr-pee-uh n]
    • /ˈwɔ tər, ˈwɒt ər ˈskɔr pi ən/
    • /ˈwɔːtə(r) ˈskɔː.pi.ən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [waw-ter, wot-er skawr-pee-uh n]
    • /ˈwɔ tər, ˈwɒt ər ˈskɔr pi ən/

Definitions of water scorpion words

  • noun water scorpion any of several predaceous aquatic bugs of the family Nepidae, having clasping front legs and a long respiratory tube at the rear of the abdomen: capable of biting if handled. 1
  • noun water scorpion any of various long-legged aquatic insects of the heteropterous family Nepidae, which breathe by means of a long spinelike tube that projects from the rear of the body and penetrates the surface of the water 0
  • noun water scorpion 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 0

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Origin of water scorpion

First appearance:

before 1675
One of the 48% oldest English words
First recorded in 1675-85; water + scorpion

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water scorpion popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 36% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 56% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

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