vinegarroon

vinegarroon
/vin'i geuh roohn"/, n.
a large, nonpoisonous whipscorpion, Mastigoproctus giganteus, of the southern U.S. and Mexico, which, when disturbed, emits a volatile fluid having a vinegary odor.
[1850-55, Amer.; < MexSp vinagrón, equiv. to Sp vinagr(e) VINEGAR + -ón aug. suffix]

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      species of whip scorpion (q.v.).

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  • vinegarroon — ☆ vinegarroon [vin΄ə gə ro͞on′ ] n. [AmSp vinagrón < Sp vinagre, vinegar + ón, aug. suffix] a large whip scorpion (Mastigoproctus giganteus) found in the S U.S. and in Mexico that, when disturbed, excretes a substance having a vinegary odor …   English World dictionary

  • vinegarroon — vin·e·gar·roon …   English syllables

  • vinegarroon — /vɪnɪgəˈrun/ (say viniguh roohn), / nə / (say nuh ) noun a large whip scorpion, Thelyphonus giganteus, of the southern US, etc., which emits a vinegar like smell when alarmed. {Spanish vinagrón, from vinagre vinegar} …  

  • vinegarroon — noun large whip scorpion of Mexico and southern United States that emits a vinegary odor when alarmed • Syn: ↑Mastigoproctus giganteus • Hypernyms: ↑whip scorpion, ↑whip scorpion • Member Holonyms: ↑Mastigoproctus, ↑genus Ma …   Useful english dictionary

  • Thelyphonus giganteus — Vinegarroon Vin e*gar*roon , n. [Cf. Sp. vinagre vinegar.] A whip scorpion, esp. a large Mexican species ({Thelyphonus giganteus}) popularly supposed to be very venomous; from the odor that it emits when alarmed. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • arachnid — arachnidan /euh rak ni deuhn/, adj., n. /euh rak nid/, n. 1. any wingless, carnivorous arthropod of the class Arachnida, including spiders, scorpions, mites, ticks, and daddy longlegs, having a body divided into two parts, the cephalothorax and… …   Universalium

  • Mastigoproctus giganteus — Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum …   Wikipedia

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  • whip scorpion — n. any of various tropical or subtropical arachnids (esp. order Uropygi) resembling the scorpion but having a long, whiplike tail at the end of the abdomen and no sting * * * ▪ Uropygi       any of approximately 105 species of the arthropod class …   Universalium

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